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Cristiano Ronaldo describes Manchester United as a ‘finished chapter’ after Portugal win

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal looks on during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group H match between Portugal and Ghana at Stadium 974 on November 24, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo says Manchester United “chapter is closed” after Portugal heroics against Ghana

Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has stated that his Manchester United “chapter is closed” after Os Navegadores beat Ghana 3-2. Fernando Santos’ team took on the Black Stars on Thursday (24 November) at Stadium 974.

Portugal played their first Group H fixture against the African side. The former Real Madrid forward opened the scoring with a penalty at around the hour mark. Ghana managed to equalise a few minutes later. However, Joao Felix and Rafael Leao found the back of the net to secure the three points.

The 37-year-old left the Red Devils by mutual consent earlier this week. His controversial interview with Piers Morgan led to the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s impromptu exit from the Old Trafford side.

Ronaldo took aim at the club and youngsters in the squad at United. The 37-year-old also lambasted Erik ten Hag during his conversation with the British broadcaster.

The Portugal international had returned to the Old Trafford side in the summer of 2021 from Juventus. And his first season back was fruitful. However, under the Dutch manager, the forward struggled to make his mark.

Speaking via Manchester Evening News after the win over Ghana, Ronaldo was delighted with the victory over the Balck Stars in Os Navegadores’ opening game in Qatar. The 37-year-old has also put his time with the Red Devils behind him.

Portugal icon Cristiano Ronaldo says his chapter at Manchester United has closed.
Portugal icon Cristiano Ronaldo says his chapter at Manchester United has closed. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

“This was a beautiful moment… my fifth World Cup. We won (and) we started with a very important win. We know the first match is crucial. But also a world record. The first player to score in five World Cups. That makes me proud.

“The most important step is we won. It was a week that finished this chapter (with United). This chapter is closed. We wanted to start well. We won, I could help my team.. all the rest does not matter.”

With the Portugal icon’s penalty against Ghana, he became the first player to score in five World Cups. The forward will evidently be hoping to get his hands on the prestigious golden trophy.

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Ronaldo was seemingly not enjoying the last few months in Manchester. And it was best for the 37-year-old to part ways with United. Hopefully, the Red Devils can move on and the Portuguese can find his happiness once again.

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