This week marked the end of Cristiano Ronaldo’s tumultuous second spell at Manchester United, which lasted 18 months.
A lot happened in this period with four coaches in charge while the team suffered on the field due to the dismal performances of the star players.
With the appointment of Erik ten Hag, the club seems to be on the mend but Ronaldo’s star seemed to be fading as the Dutch manager preferred Marcus Rashford in the striker role instead of the Portuguese.
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And that meant an inevitable clash between the two personalities that culminated in an incendiary television interview in which the former United number 7 lashed out at the club and the new manager.
The Old Trafford side were left with no choice but to terminate the player’s contract by mutual consent and he can now concentrate on the job at hand without further distraction.
BREAKING: Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for two games, fined £50,000 and warned over his future conduct for breach of FA rule E3 📝 pic.twitter.com/or3LeoV9pS
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For the Portuguese striker, his super agent Jorge Mendes is desperately trying to find a top club for his client, but so far, as in the summer, no club has shown interest.
Many clubs have been mentioned as possible destinations, but very few can afford to pay their gigantic salaries and this will further complicate matters.
Another matter that will affect the future club of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is the fact that the striker has been handed a two-match ban for his misconduct with fans during last season’s clash with Everton.
Two game ban
The 37-year-old was seen hitting a phone while in the hand of a fan after his team suffered a defeat and was fined £50,000 by the Football Association.
The ban will not affect his participation in the World Cup and he was seen scoring against Ghana in Portugal’s opener and became the first player to score in five World Cups.
However, whichever club he signs for, he will miss his first two league games. And this applies to England or abroad.
Ronaldo can continue to play in continental competitions such as the Champions League, but the ban will apply exclusively to domestic matches.
An independent FA hearing found him guilty of improper and violent conduct. The FA revealed that the forward admitted the misconduct charge but did not accept the violent conduct charge.