Cristiano Ronaldo has received his first transfer offer since his departure from Manchester United was revealed on Tuesday night, from a mischievous non-league club ready to pay the Portuguese superstar a ‘club record’ £35-a-week.
Ronaldo’s abrupt departure from Manchester United was revealed in a brief statement sent by the club less than a week after the complete broadcast of his explosive, unannounced interview with Piers Morgan. During the 90-minute conversation, Ronaldo targeted Erik ten Hag and the Glazer family, effectively making his position at the club untenable.
The 37-year-old has left United by mutual consent with “immediate effect,” which means he is free to join another club whenever he wants.
Although Ronaldo’s domestic future is unlikely to be decided while Portugal is still in the World Cup, the former Juventus star has received his first offer since leaving United.
AFC Crewe of the 14th tier Crewe and District League Premier Division have joked about their ambition to sign the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, and they’re willing to spend big money to do so.
The non-league minnows posted on Twitter: “We can confirm that the club has made a formal approach for free agent Cristiano Ronaldo to sign a one-year contract. If Cristiano accepts the deal, he will be AFC Crewe’s highest-paid player, earning £35 per week.”
While it appears unlikely that Ronaldo will accept AFC Crewe’s substantial offer, the veteran forward will be hoping to resolve his future sooner rather than later.
Manchester United issued a brief statement on Tuesday night confirming that an agreement had been reached to terminate the final six months of Ronaldo’s contract. It said: “Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to quit Manchester United with immediate effect.
“The club wishes him and his family well for the future and appreciates him for his enormous contribution throughout two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 matches.
“Everyone at Manchester United is committed to continuing the team’s growth under Erik ten Hag and to working together to achieve success on the field.”
Ronaldo responded to the news with his own remark on social media. He responded in writing: “We have mutually chosen to finish our contract early after discussions with Manchester United.
“I adore Manchester United and its supporters, and that will never change. However, it appears that the time has come for me to seek a new challenge.
“I wish the team the best of luck for the rest of the season and in the future.”