Marcus Rashford has paid a heartfelt tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo following the 37-year-old’s Manchester United exit.

The Red Devils announced on Tuesday that the club and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner had mutually agreed to terminate his contract with immediate effect.

United’s former number seven, who is currently a free agent, became the first male player to score at five editions of the World Cup following his penalty against Ghana.

Following his explosive two-part interview with Piers Morgan where Ronaldo claimed he’d been “betrayed” by the club and that he had “no respect” for Erik ten Hag, there was no way back for the man who re-joined the twenty-time league champions from Juventus last summer.

Marcus Rashford pays heartfelt tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo following Manchester United exit

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United’s number ten was asked for his thoughts on Ronaldo’s departure in England’s latest press conference.

The in-form 25-year-old couldn’t speak highly enough of Ronaldo and vowed to cherish the memories of playing alongside one of the game’s all-time greats.

Rashford said: “It has been an unbelievable experience to play with him.

“He is one of my idols and someone I always looked up to and it (the memory) is something I will keep with me forever.

“I wish him all the best and we want to thank him for the things he’s done for Manchester United.”

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Casemiro, who played alongside Ronaldo at Real Madrid and won three Champions Leagues together, also spoke in glowing terms about his former teammate following his departure from Old Trafford.

The 30-year-old told Globo: “I didn’t exchange a message with him afterwards, but Cristiano is a very experienced guy, he knows what’s good for his career.

“Of course we were sad, especially back in Manchester, that a player would leave, especially talking about one of the best of all time.

“But Cristiano is very big, you know what’s good for him. As a friend, I wish all the luck in his world, that he directs football well in his life, less against me (laughs). I wish all the luck in the world.”

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