Phil Neville and Rio Ferdinand react to Manchester United announcing that Cristiano Ronaldo will leave by mutual agreement

Ex-Red Devils Phil Neville and Rio Ferdinand have reacted to Manchester United announcing that Cristiano Ronaldo will leave by mutual agreement.

The 37-year-old has agreed to leave the Red Devils with immediate effect, and he now becomes a free agent.

The twenty-time league champions confirmed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s departure with a statement on the club’s website.

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The statement read: “Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect.

“The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family well for the future.

“Everyone at Manchester United remains focused on continuing the team’s progress under Erik ten Hag and working together to deliver success on the pitch.”

Having wanted to join a Champions League club in the summer, Ronaldo’s relationship with a club he supposedly adores was rapidly becoming more and more toxic.

After being reintegrated into the first-team fold after refusing to come on against Tottenham Hotspur and leaving Old Trafford early, the two-part interview with Piers Morgan on TalkTV proved to be the end of his second chapter with the Reds following his return from Juventus last summer.

Phil Neville reacts to Manchester United announcing that Cristiano Ronaldo will leave by mutual agreement

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Portugal’s captain, who is focused on winning the World Cup with his beloved Portugal, released a statement while in Qatar.

United’s former legendary number seven said: “Following conversations with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to end our contract early. I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. However, it feels like the right time for me to seek a new challenge.

“I wish the team every success for the remainder of the season and for the future.”

Phil Neville, who played alongside Ronaldo 52 times for United under Sir Alex Ferguson, has become the first current or former United player to react to Ronaldo’s departure.

Ferdinand, who has remained a good friend to Ronaldo, has also reacted to the breaking news.

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