Cristiano Ronaldo seemed to indicate at his intention to continue at Manchester United next season after scoring his 24th goal of the season, proclaiming that he was “not finished.”
Ronaldo returned to United this season on a two-year contract from Juventus, where he won eight major titles from 2003 to 2009. This season, the 37-year-old has 17 goals in 28 league outings, including the equaliser in Thursday’s 1-1 draw at home with Chelsea. Only Mohamed Salah of Liverpool has scored more league goals this season.
“Once again, fantastic support from the stands,” the 37-year-old stated in a social media post. Let us use the last game of the season at Old Trafford to thank our incredible supporters, who stood by our side during a difficult season and never abandoned us.
“Thank you, folks. Your support means everything to us, and our objective is to improve every day so that we may accomplish what we all want: glory for Man. United!”
When questioned about Ronaldo’s future, Ralf Rangnick said, “Its something we should discuss between Erik, the board, and me.”
“Cristiano’s contract is up in a year. It’s also critical to figure out what he wants if he wishes to remain.”
In a subsequent interview with Sky Sports, Rangnick stated that the ultimate verdict has been out of his hands.
“In the end, it’s up to Erik and Cris to decide what they want to do,” he stated. “It is not for me to comment on that, but Cris’ performance today was outstanding.”
Rangnick said that the squad is overly reliant on Ronaldo, who has scored eight of United’s previous nine league goals, but stated the club would focus on adding fresh forwards in the summer.
Ronaldo is now under contract at United through the end of 2022-23, with an option for an additional year if both parties agree.