Cristiano Ronaldo received the Man of the Match award for Portugal’s opening World Cup game in a decision that was equally questionable as his penalty, but he did little to convince Manchester United to reconsider their decision to part ways.
Despite Diogo Costa’s best efforts, who came dangerously close to pulling a Shay Given in the final seconds, Portugal labored but eventually prevailed 3-2 over Ghana. As usual, Ronaldo occupied the center of attention.
The crowd was completely enamored with the former United man, despite the echoes and empty seats hinting at a much smaller attendance. Cheers were heard every time his face appeared on the screen, every time the ball was touched, and the “Sui” that followed each of his goals may have sent a few of the nearby cargo containers sprawling.
He was always going to be the focus of the tale. Ronaldo announced earlier this week that he would be leaving United in the wake of his explosive interview with Piers Morgan in a succinct 67-word statement.
It stated, “Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual consent, effective immediately.” The team wishes him and his family well for the future and expresses gratitude for his enormous contribution during his two stints at Old Trafford, during which he scored 145 goals in 346 games.
Everyone at Manchester United is still committed to advancing the group’s success under Erik ten Hag and collaborating to produce results on the field.