Wayne Rooney, a legend at Manchester United, has stated that Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial departure in November has not affected his legacy at Old Trafford.
Following an explosive interview with British broadcaster Piers Morgan, Cristiano Ronaldo, and the other player parted ways with mutual consent in November. Coach Erik ten Hag, the club’s owners, and even his former teammate Rooney were all criticized by Ronaldo in the interview for his frequent harsh remarks. Ronaldo signed with Al-Nassr, a club in Saudi Arabia after the Red Devils released him as a free agent.
In an interview with CNN, Manchester United legend Rooney commented on the controversy surrounding the Portuguese superstar’s legacy in Manchester and discussed Ronaldo’s scandalous departure. Through GOAL, he stated:
“No, I think he has done a great job for Manchester United. Additionally, he has scored numerous goals and won the Champions League and the Premier League. So I think positively for the fans and surely for the players, his previous partners who played with him from my time particularly, we will always remember how he helped Manchester Joined together.”
“Because, in my opinion, he will always be a club legend, and it is unfortunate that it ended this way, of course. However, I do not believe that diminishes his club legacy.”
Cristiano Ronaldo played 346 games for the club in all competitions over two periods, netting 145 goals and 64 assists. During his time, he brought home three Chief Association championships and one Bosses Association, among different distinctions. At Manchester United in 2008, he won the first of his five Ballon d’Or awards.
According to El Nacional, a Catalan publication, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti prevented Cristiano Ronaldo from returning to the Santiago Bernabeu following his departure from Manchester United.
After leaving Manchester, Ronaldo, Real Madrid’s all-time leading scorer with 450 goals in 438 games, reportedly wanted to return to Madrid. The move was also approved by President Florentino Perez, but Ancelotti prevented it from happening. Ancelotti’s decision felt like a betrayal to Cristiano Ronaldo, who played for PSG for two seasons under him.
Albeit the explanation for Ancelotti’s position is obscure, Karim Benzema’s prosperity as the group’s going-after pioneer could be the reason the Italian abstained from including Ronaldo with everything else.
It has been asserted that Los Blancos denied Ronaldo for the second time. When he expressed his desire to join the club following his departure from Juventus in 2021, President Perez initially turned him down.
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