Cristiano Ronaldo receives first confirmed transfer offer to leave Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo receives first confirmed transfer offer to leave Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo has received a first transfer offer amid the fallout from his Manchester United accusations.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is set to be on the receiving end of an Australian charm offensive as A-League boss Danny Townsend has confirmed an offer to bring the player Down Under has been lodged with his agent, Jorge Mendes, should Ronaldo and Manchester United part ways.

Ronaldo’s second spell at United appears over after the forward decided to speak out against the club in an interview with Piers Morgan, accusing United of “betrayal”, insisting he will never respect manager Erik ten Hag, and insulting a number of past players.

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Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United poses with Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after signing his contract with the club at Carrington Training Ground (Manchester United via Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United poses with Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after signing his contract with the club at Carrington Training Ground (Manchester United via Getty Images)
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Manchester United training session (Manchester United via Getty Images)
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag chats with Christiano Ronaldo of Manchester United during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Manchester United and Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford (Getty Images)
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag chats with Christiano Ronaldo of Manchester United during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Manchester United and Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford (Getty Images)
Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo scores his team's third goal during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group F football match between Hungary and Portugal at the Puskas Arena in Budapest on June 15, 2021 (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo scores his team's third goal during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group F football match between Hungary and Portugal at the Puskas Arena in Budapest on June 15, 2021 (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo holds the cup after Juevntus won the final of the Italian Cup (Coppa Italia) football match Atalanta vs Juventus at the Citta del Tricolore stadium in Reggio Emilia. (AFP via Getty Images)
Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo holds the cup after Juevntus won the final of the Italian Cup (Coppa Italia) football match Atalanta vs Juventus at the Citta del Tricolore stadium in Reggio Emilia. (AFP via Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain at Fisht Stadium on 15th June 2018 in Sochi, Russia (Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain at Fisht Stadium on 15th June 2018 in Sochi, Russia (Getty Images)
Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with the Premier League trophy in 2009 (Man Utd via Getty Images)
Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with the Premier League trophy in 2009 (Man Utd via Getty Images)
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo lifts The UEFA Champions League trophy following his sides victory in the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final vs Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine (Getty Images)
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo lifts The UEFA Champions League trophy following his sides victory in the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final vs Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine (Getty Images)
Sir Alex Ferguson greets Cristiano Ronaldo as the young Portugese player signs for Manchester United at the Carrington Training Ground, Carrington on August 12, 2003 i (Man Utd via Getty Images)
Sir Alex Ferguson greets Cristiano Ronaldo as the young Portugese player signs for Manchester United at the Carrington Training Ground, Carrington on August 12, 2003 i (Man Utd via Getty Images)

The 37-year-old is currently preparing for the World Cup with Portugal, but could be heading to Australia come the New Year if Townsend gets his way.

"(Ronaldo) said he wasn't getting any love and respect at Manchester United but we'll certainly give him plenty of love and respect in Australia," Townsend said in comments published by News Corp.

"We might not be able to compete financially with other offers but we can compete in other ways."

Ronaldo would be joining former United and Portugal team-mate Nani, who joined A-League club Melbourne Victory this season.

"Obviously it's a long shot but we've certainly got a compelling proposition for him here in Australia to consider," Townsend told local radio station SportsFM earlier on Thursday.