Cristiano Ronaldo’s fairytale return to the red part of Manchester has ended in a disaster. Last summer, he was given a hero’s welcome to the club, where he made his name. Major fallout with the club authority and the manager has ultimately resulted in a contract termination.
Erik Ten Hag was a breath of fresh air to the club following Ralf Rangick’s departure. His high-pressing playstyle was already a red flag for an aging Cristiano, but there was more. United’s inability to qualify for the Champions League, puts Ronaldo’s highest goal-scoring record in jeopardy. His agent Jorge Mendes tried to find a Champions League club for him. But no club was ready to risk such a big financial and philosophical decision.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s last days at #MUFC + what next:
🔺 Ricardo Regufe a key figure in exit negotiations, as well as Jorge Mendes
🔺 Clubs declined chance to sign Ronaldo even paying just £80k pw
🔺 Locker cleared out before interview took placehttps://t.co/KzRQfLM9OO
— Laurie Whitwell (@lauriewhitwell) December 10, 2022
The cold war was already on between the club and the player. The Portuguese shot the first one by sitting for an explosive interview with the controversial figure of Piers Morgan. He said there was no mutual respect between the player and the manager. The club ended the war by tearing his contract up in response.
How much did Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr offer Cristiano Ronaldo?
Last summer Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Nassr offered an unbelievable $300 million per season in salary to the great man. He rejected that offer and opted to join Manchester United instead. He scored 24 goals in all competitions last season, but his decline has been glaring this season.
Al Nassr official proposal to Cristiano Ronaldo is on the table, as called last week. €200m per year until 2025, but including sponsor deals. Documents are being checked. 🚨🇵🇹🇸🇦 #Ronaldo
There’s still nothing signed, agreed or approved by Cristiano. Focus is on the World Cup. pic.twitter.com/FUTxOnoDI7
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 5, 2022
After his bout with Manchester United, Al-Nassr has again offered a lucrative $173 million in salaries a year. Cristiano, following Portugal’s 6-1 victory against Switzerland has denied its truthfulness.
Several clubs reportedly refused to sign Cristiano Ronaldo for a $90,000 per week salary
This summer, Chelsea owner Todd Boehly wanted to sign him. Former manager Thomas Tuchel was firmly against it. Although Tuchel is not at the club, Chelsea’s Nkunku pursuit makes it very unlikely to go for him in January. Napoli, Inter Milan, and Bayern Munich, all reportedly rejected the chance to sign Ronaldo last summer.
What was Ronaldo’s salary at Manchester United?
Last summer at the time of signing he was reportedly offered a staggering $590,000 per week in salaries. He was the best-paid player in the entire division. The club reduced every player’s salary by 25 percent following their failure in qualification to Champions League.