The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo will not be a loss for Manchester United, according to one pundit, who has also explained why the Portuguese superstar is finished at Old Trafford and now a fading force in world football.
Ronaldo has dominated the news this week after a firecracker of an interview with Piers Morgan. In his chat with the TV personality and broadcaster, Ronaldo has let rip into all things wrong with the club. Indeed, the Glazers, Ten Hag himself, and the way the club is run have all been ripped to shreds in a no-holds-barred reveal. Poor old Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney were also taken to the cleaners.
The outcome means United are now, understandably, looking at ways into severing the star’s £500,000 a week contract. It all makes for an ugly end to the superstar’s second stint at Old Trafford.
With debate now raging over where Ronaldo will end up next, a string of high-profile clubs are all distancing themselves from the player. Indeed, Sporting Lisbon have become the latest to dampen claims they could sign the veteran star.
Where Ronaldo goes from here is anyone’s guess.
But one thing that can be said with some authority is that there is no way back for the player at Old Trafford.
To that end, Ten Hag reportedly has reached a two-word verdict on the player, with Joel Glazer – the club’s executive co-chairman – ready to call time on Ronaldo’s spell.
One man who is adamant that Ronaldo will not be missed is Robbie Savage. The former United midfielder and commentator has been Ronaldo’s biggest supporter during his second stint at Old Trafford.
Robbie Savage explains why Man Utd won’t miss Ronaldo
Yet Savage now admits that Ronaldo has burned his bridges at Old Trafford. And while he feels Ronaldo is the GOAT, he has explained why he won’t be missed by anyone associated with the club.
“Cristiano Ronaldo has played his last game for Manchester United. His time at Old Trafford is done,” Savage told the Daily Mirror.
“Nobody is bigger than the club – not even the greatest player of all time, as I still believe he is. More than once, Ronaldo referenced his old manager Sir Alex Ferguson in that bombshell interview with Piers Morgan.
“But when Fergie believed David Beckham was commanding too much attention at United, he was sold to Spanish giants Real Madrid. And Ronaldo burned too many bridges, notably saying he does not respect current manager Erik ten Hag, for there to be any way back.
“Ominously, United have released a statement saying they have “initiated appropriate steps in response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent media interview.”
“Having said that, just supposing CR7 wins the Golden Boot in Qatar over the next month and Portugal win the World Cup… would you take him back? His stock would never have been higher, and he would be more marketable than ever.
“My answer is simple: If Ronaldo wants to keep playing until he is 40, as he said in that interview, he will have to do so at another club.”
Savage goes on to explain why Ronaldo is no longer good enough to influence games for United.
“He may still be good enough to affect games for Portugal in a World Cup group containing South Korea, Ghana and Uruguay – but Manchester United have begun to find a way of prospering without him.”
Ten Hag earns praise over Ronaldo saga
Savage feels United boss Ten Hag has handled the situation well. That’s despite Ronaldo tearing into the United boss on more than one occasion.
“I have always admired Ronaldo’s mentality, his longevity at the top and his willingness to wring every drop from himself physically. And let’s be honest: Last season would have been an unbearable, unthinkable mess for United without his 24 goals.
“But he cannot be so critical of Ten Hag. The United manager has been utterly consistent in applying his rules at Old Trafford. Just as Alejandro Garnacho was not given a minute of playing time on United’s pre-season tour, he clamped down hard when Ronaldo refused to come off the bench against Tottenham and sulked down the tunnel.
“He treated an all-time great the same way as he disciplined a promising youngster. Players need to know where they stand, and that rules apply to everybody.
“For me, it’s sad if we’ve seen the last of Ronaldo on these shores. And without comparing myself to his ability or success, I’m afraid we all rage against the fading light.
“Sadly, it looks like that’s what has happened to Ronaldo at United. He doesn’t want to be a bad influence. But he has not been affecting games as much as he once did.
“All good things come to an end. And even at 37, surely Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t got a Golden Boot at the World Cup left in the locker… has he?”
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