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Cristiano Ronaldo Wanted To Start 2022 FIFA World Cup As A Free Agent As Manchester United Granted His Wish: Reports

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Cristiano Ronaldo wanted to head to the 2022 FIFA World Cup as a free agent after Manchester United parted ways with the striker on November 22, according to UOL.

Manchester United have announced that they have mutually agreed to terminate Ronaldo’s contract with immediate effect.

The Portuguese striker had wanted to start the FIFA World Cup as a free agent as problems with the Red Devils set in this season.

He is part of the Portugal national team which is in Group H to face Ghana on November 24, Uruguay on November 28 and South Korea on December 2.

The 37-year-old has been given a more retired role under Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford this season, starting just half of his 16 appearances.

He struggled for form, scoring just three goals and providing two assists in those games.

🚨🚨 BREAKING: Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, effective immediately.

“The club thanks him for his immense contribution during his two spells at Old Trafford,” the statement confirmed.

🚨 BREAKING: Cristiano Ronaldo must leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect. “The club thanks him for his immense contribution during his two spells at Old Trafford,” the statement confirmed.

The Portuguese striker had a controversial interview with broadcaster Piers Morgan, addressing several issues at Manchester United.

He spoke about the owners of the club, the manager, and how he thinks the Red Devils have stagnated since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

He is now a free agent and believes a rival Champions League team will return for his services.

Sporting CP have been touted as potential suitors but a return to the Primeira Liga club would require them to accept a significant pay cut.

He will also have to agree to join a team competing in the Europa League.

Saudi team Al-Hilal also made an astronomical offer for Ronaldo over the summer, but he rejected their advances as he wanted to continue playing at the top level.

🎥 🇵🇹 Arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo with the Portugal team on his way to Qatar for the World Cup


Mason Mount responds to speculation that Cristiano Ronaldo will join Chelsea after FIFA World Cup

Mount was celebrating his first FIFA World Cup outingMount was celebrating his first FIFA World Cup outing
Mount was celebrating his first FIFA World Cup outing

Cristiano Ronaldo was linked with a move to Chelsea last summer when the Blues’ new owners were interested in signing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

In the end, the decision was made not to sign him, but that came from then-Blues boss Thomas Tuchel.

The German reportedly didn’t want to sign the Portuguese after talks with former Manchester United caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick.

However, speculation has returned over Cristiano Ronaldo heading to Stamford Bridge.

The west London club are said to be ready to pursue the striker with his contract cancelled.

Mount was asked about the former Real Madrid striker’s potential arrival at Chelsea. The Chelsea midfielder replied that he is only focused on helping England at the World Cup (via Express):

“Look, I’m on international duty and with England at the moment, that’s all I’m focusing on. I’ve just played my first World Cup game, I can’t really think about anything else.”

Mount had just played in England’s impressive 6-2 victory over Iran on 21 November.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal will be hoping for a similar performance against Ghana on November 24 in their FIFA World Cup opener.

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