Cristiano Ronaldo’s ultimatum to ‘super agent’ Jorge Mendes, who was desperately trying to escape Manchester United, was revealed through the media.
Ronaldo’s contract with Manchester United was terminated just before the World Cup in Qatar after a controversial interview with British journalist Peters Morgan in which he attacked the United team and manager Eric Ten Hag. Right after the World Cup in Qatar, Ronaldo, who transferred to Al-Nasr, the Saudi Arabia League’s richest club, for the highest annual salary of 175 million pounds (about 270 billion won), broke up with Mendes, a long-time partner and agent who had been with him in his heyday.
On the 24th (Korean time), Spanish media El Mundo reported that Ronaldo sent an ultimatum to his agent, Mendes, strongly demanding a transfer to a club that could play in the Champions League after Manchester United failed to advance to the European Champions League last summer. Reported.
Mendes recommended Ronaldo to multiple clubs, including Chelsea and Bayern Munich, in the transfer market at the time, and Chelsea’s new owner, Todd Bailey, is known to have hoped to recruit Ronaldo despite Thomas Tuchel’s conservative attitude. Bayern Munich also seems to have discussed whether to sign, until CEO Oliver Kahn insisted that “the signing of Ronaldo does not fit with our club’s philosophy”.
Both clubs are said to have withdrawn from the contract after hearing that Ronaldo was absent from Manchester United’s pre-season training, along with concerns about his ‘aging curve’. It is said that club officials called Mendes directly to inform him that they did not intend to pursue any further deals. In an interview with Morgan, Ronaldo explained that he was late returning to pre-season training because his daughter was ill.
According to Elmundo, Mendes promoted transfers to Atletico Madrid and Dortmund after Ronaldo and Man Utd broke up, but ultimately failed, and the two eventually broke up.
The media expressed regret, saying, “This is not just a contract, but a family relationship broken,” and “Mendes was the godfather of one of Ronaldo’s children, and Ronaldo’s mother, Donna Dolores, also expressed special affection for Mendes.” “The relationship diverged as Mendes gradually lost influence over Ronaldo, and Ronaldo turned his attention to his partner Giorgina Rodriguez and others around him,” it added.
Ronaldo’s personal manager and best friend, Ricky Legupe, arranged an astronomical salary for Al-Nassr, and Legupe, who was suspicious of Ronaldo’s colleagues during the Qatar World Cup, stayed by Ronaldo’s arrival in Saudi Arabia earlier this month.