Antonio Valencia left ‘hurt’ by Cristiano Ronaldo’s unceremonious Manchester United exit
Posted by  badge Boss on Dec 17, 2022 - 09:51AM
Cristiano Ronaldo is currently a free agent (Photo by Harry Langer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Former captain Antonio Valencia has admitted he was ‘hurt’ by the manner in which left the club.

Ronaldo agreed to leave Old Trafford by mutual consent following his explosive interview with in November where he heavily criticised the club’s owners, manager Erik ten Hag and teammates from both his spells with United.

While many have agreed that it was for the best for both parties to go their separate ways, the manner in which it has happened has left a bitter taste in the mouths of United and Ronaldo fans.

The legendary forward will forever be cherished as one of the Red Devils’ greatest ever players, yet in the short-term his reputation has taken a significant blow.

‘It was too bad Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United in the way he did,’ Valencia wrote for .

‘A player like him should leave a club by walking off the pitch to applause at a sold-out stadium. The people there loved him.

‘The interview he gave recently was unfortunate. He’ll have his reasons for saying what he did, but I felt awful about the way he left the club.

Antonio Valencia made 339 appearances for Man Utd from 2009 to 2019 (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

‘It hurt. I hope everything goes well for him at his new club. I wish Ronaldo nothing but the best.’

Ronaldo’s future is still unclear, with Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr claiming they haven’t made contact with the 37-year-old amid reports they had agreed a €500 million (£432m) contract with the Portugal international.

Valencia arrived at United from Wigan in 2009, the same summer in which Ronaldo departed to Real Madrid for a then-world record transfer fee.

The Ecuadorian winger, who was later converted into a right-back, spent a decade at Old Trafford, winning two Premier League titles and a handful of other domestic and European trophies and was named club captain in his final season following Michael Carrick’s retirement.


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