Piers Morgan tweets photo of himself with Cristiano Ronaldo again urging Arsenal to snap him up after his Man United deal was terminated following bombshell interview… as he mocks the Red Devils for losing ‘the greatest player in history’
As a result of his bombshell interview with the TV presenter last week, Ronaldo and Manchester United mutually agreed on Tuesday to terminate his contract at the club.
Posting a photo of them together during a previous interview, in which Ronaldo was handed a Gunners shirt with ‘Ronaldo 7’ on the back, Morgan cryptically captioned the tweet ‘time for phase two’ – before mocking United for losing the ‘greatest player of all time’.
Piers Morgan tweeted a photo of Cristiano Ronaldo holding an Arsenal shirt – seemingly urging the club to sign him again
United announced the star’s departure, effective immediately, suddenly on Tuesday evening
A United fan tweeted at Morgan saying: ‘@piersmorgan Thank you Piers for making Ten Hag look like even more of a boss. You’ve saved United millions and helped us get back to where we belong.’
The 57-year-old then replied: ‘You’re 5th in the League, 11pts behind Arsenal, facing elimination to Barcelona in the Europa play-offs, and you just lost the greatest footballer in history who scored 24 goals for you last season, because your ‘boss’ manager disrespected him. Congrats.. and good luck!’
It is the latest in a long line of jovial attempts by the broadcaster to get the Portuguese forward to join the north London club.
In the summer, when reports began to emerge of Ronaldo’s unhappiness at Manchester United with the club having failed to qualify for the Champions League, Morgan tweeted ‘it’s time’ alongside a photo of him handing a shirt to the Portuguese.
Perhaps encouraged by Ronaldo’s recalcitrance at Manchester United, which first emerged in the public sphere from the man himself last week, Morgan tweeted in response to a question about whether he would sign the forward for Arsenal: ‘Yes, actually.
‘He’s exactly what we need. Ronaldo and Gabriel Jesus would take us to the title.’
Ronaldo, meanwhile, amid various controversial flashpoints including saying he does not respect Erik ten Hag, feels the Glazers do not care about the club and took aim at former team-mates for Wayne Rooney and Gary Neville said that he likes Arsenal and would like them to win the league – if Manchester United could not.
‘Manchester United first, and if not, Arsenal is some team that I like to see play,’ he said.
Ronaldo (right) had a fractured relationship with Ten Hag (left) from the Dutchman’s arrival
‘I like the team. I like the coach. I think they have a good team. And if Manchester United don’t win the Premier League, I will be happy if Arsenal do.’
It was a lighter moment in an interview that caused a major stir around world football and brought the curtain down, seemingly once and for all, on Ronaldo’s time with Manchester United.
Releasing a short, 57-word statement on Tuesday evening, Ronaldo said he ‘loved’ the club but that now felt the right time to depart.
Ronaldo criticised the club in a two-part bombshell interview with Piers Morgan last week
The statement read: ‘Following conversations with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to end our contract early.
‘I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. However, it feels the right time for me to seek a new challenge. I wish the team every success for the remainder of the season and for the future.’
Manchester United themselves, Sportsmail can reveal, will not pay the Portuguese any compensation for the remaining seven months of his £500,000 a week deal.
Ronaldo has claimed his Manchester United exit was mutual in a 57-word statement
A terse 68-word statement released on Tuesday evening read: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect.
‘The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family well for the future.
‘Everyone at Manchester United remains focused on continuing the team’s progress under Erik ten Hag and working together to deliver success on the pitch.’