Cristiano Ronaldo next club gallery - who could sign Man Utd star if he is sacked?
According to reports, the Manchester United forward could be on the look-out for a new team.
Manchester United are reportedly exploring the possibility of sacking Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portugal forward, who is currently in Qatar ahead of his country’s first game at the 2022 World Cup, launched a remarkable attack on United this week in his explosive interview with Piers Morgan. Ronaldo told the TV presenter during a 90-minute chat that the club’s owners, the Glazers, ‘don’t care’ about United, while adding he felt Erik ten Hag and senior club figures were trying to force him out.
Ronaldo also said he doesn’t respect Ten Hag, who he claimed purposefully provoked a reaction from him during that match against Tottenham Hotspur when the No.7 infamously refused to come off the bench and stormed out of the ground. Ronaldo also had a dig at Ten Hag’s predecessor, Ralf Rangnick, said the club had stood still during his 12-year absence, criticised United’s younger players and former team-mates, and implied he may have played his final match for the Red Devils.
Therefore, it’s no surprise United are believed to be seeking legal advice as they assess Ronaldo’s future at the club. In a statement on Friday, the club said: “Manchester United has this morning initiated appropriate steps in response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent media interview. We will not be making further comment until this process reaches its conclusion.”
But several outlets, including the Daily Mail, are reporting that United have ‘begun the legal process of effectively sacking Ronaldo’. They report United feel there are grounds for dismissal and that his contract could be essentially ripped up, with no compensation pay for the 37-year-old.
Should that happen, Ronaldo would be free to join a new team after the World Cup, although that will of course be determined by Portugal’s success in Qatar. We’ve had a look at what the bookies think and who are favourites to be Ronaldo’s next club…