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Report: How Manchester United are set to save £16m from Cristiano Ronaldo exit

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Manchester United's Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (L) embraces Manchester United's Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo (R) after the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Newcastle at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on September 11, 2021

Manchester United to save £16million as Cristiano Ronaldo leaves without a pay-off

According to Manchester Evening News, Manchester United are set to save around £16 million from now until the end of the season after mutually terminating the contract of Cristiano Ronaldo, with the Portuguese superstar agreeing to leave without a pay-off.

The Red Devils striker’s time at the club has come to an end after a turbulent period and it is the best decision that both parties could have taken. It clearly was not working for Cristiano Ronaldo in Manchester United and it was high time this happened.

Ever since Ronaldo’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan came out, it was always going to be a matter of time before the former Real Madrid superstar left the club and it has happened almost immediately after that.

The 37-year-old superstar was quite brutal about Manchester United in that interview, tearing apart the club, the facilities, its hierarchy and present and past managers like Erik ten Hag and Ralf Rangnick which received a lot of backlash.

It was definitely not a nice interview to do from the experienced Portuguese forward and the consequence has been the termination of the contract. It remains to be seen where he goes from here on.

Ronaldo may be 37 but there will be clubs that still want him. He will also want to continue at the top level and will be looking for a top European club that still competes in the Champions League so that he can play there.

Cristiano Ronaldo set to leave the club
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Cristiano Ronaldo set to leave the club with immediate effect. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

The good thing for Manchester United is that there will be no pay-off for the termination of the contract of Cristiano Ronaldo. That is a lot of money saved which can come back to help us in the transfer markets.

Ronaldo at Manchester United enthralled us across two different stints at the club, albeit much less the second time. We can always be grateful for those moments though and move on from the past six months.

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Ronaldo will now be focussing on the World Cup with Portugal. We will get an idea of what his next club will be once the competition is done and we can hold no grudges and wish him the very best in whatever he chooses to do next.