“Bad Phase Of My Career” – Ronaldo Talks About Manchester United Exit For First Time

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro on the bench before the match.

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Cristiano Ronaldo parted ways with Manchester United just before the World Cup. Now ahead of Portugal’s Euro 2024 qualifiers, he has publicly addressed the situation.

Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford in the summer of 2021 with much expectation. The hype only intensified after he bagged a brace on his second debut in a 4-1 win against Newcastle. But it was all downhill from there. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked, and interim appointment Ralf Rangick failed to steady the ship.

And after a torrid time under Erik ten Hag early in the season, it became clear Ronaldo’s future lay elsewhere. However, the manner in which his time with United ended stunned many.

After his controversial interview with Piers Morgan, wherein he criticised the Glazer family, United’s owners, as well as manager Ten Hag, the Premier League giants terminated Ronaldo’s contract with mutual agreement.

Fast forward to now, United are enjoying an impressive run of form under Ten Hag – having already lifted the League Cup in February – and the 38-year-old is scoring for fun with Al Nassr.

Roberto Martinez, Portugal’s new boss, has rewarded the Portugal international’s form by naming him in his first squad.

Speaking ahead of Portugal’s game against Liechtenstein, Ronaldo said: “Manchester United? When we are at the top of the mountain, we often don’t see what’s below. I went through a bad phase of my career, I have no problems admitting that. But life moves on.”


As Ronaldo said, life moves on. Both the club and the player continue to chase their respective targets. And when his time at the Theatre of Dreams is judged, his first spell will take the spotlight.