Ex-Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon comments on Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit from Manchester United
Manchester United announced on Tuesday that the club had reached a mutual agreement with the 37-year-old to terminate his contract with immediate effect and Ronaldo’s second spell at Old Trafford came to an unfortunate end.
It has not been easy for Ronaldo or the club in the past few months, as their relationship has increasingly strained with every passing day. Erik ten Hag did not seem to count on the Portuguese international this season.
It did not sit well with Ronaldo to accept a bit-part role after being used to being the main man throughout his career. However, age seemed to be catching up with the veteran forward as his performances on the pitch dipped.
For a player who seemed to defy the process of ageing for much of his career, he suddenly started looking too old for the Premier League. Manchester United seemed to play better without Ronaldo and Erik ten Hag cannot be blamed for benching him.
Speaking about the player’s exit from the club, Ramon Calderon has claimed that it was not a surprise that this exit happened the way it did.
“Cristiano might be coming to the end of his glorious career, but he remains a wonderful player. It must have been so frustrating for him to not be in the team at Manchester United.
“Someone of his stature in the game was never going to accept that. He has his pride and reputation to consider, so I think it’s a good thing his time there has come to an end”
Ronaldo is right now away on international duty and he will be keen on showing that he is not finished at the top level and proving Man United wrong. It also remains to be seen where the 37-year-old chooses to go after the tournament.
Ronaldo, for his exploits in a Man United shirt, will always be a legend of the club. However, with every passing day that he spent at Old Trafford, it seemed like his legacy was only getting increasingly tarnished
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It is best for the two parties to part ways at the time they did. The homecoming of the prodigal son has not gone according to plan and it’s a chapter that both parties would like to forget and move on.