Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Manchester United With Immediate Effect

Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Manchester United by mutual agreement with immediate effect.

The move comes after the forward made a series of damning allegations in an interview and he departs without a payoff.

His contract, worth about £500,000 a week, was due to expire in June.

United had appointed lawyers to explore potential action against Ronaldo for alleged breach of contract.

But their preferred option was to engineer his departure and that was confirmed on Tuesday.

Under the terms of the agreement there are no restrictions on who Ronaldo can play for next.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect,” the club said.

“The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford.”

Ronaldo’s allegations included that he is being forced out by the club, that senior executives lacked empathy after his newborn son died in April.