Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo reach "mutual" soccer separation agreement.

The English Premier League team revealed on Tuesday that star striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United had mutually decided to part ways, effective immediately.

The Red Devils issued a statement saying, "The club appreciates him for his enormous contribution over two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances,

 and wishes him and his family well for the future." The soccer legend criticized the team in an unofficial interview, prompting the Red Devils to consider terminating his

contract, sources told several news outlets last week. According to those sources, United filed a lawsuit against Ronaldo for contract violations.

Additionally, the club stated last week that it "took the necessary actions in reaction" to Ronaldo's interview. In an interview with TalkTV's Piers Morgan on Sunday,

 Ronaldo, who is now representing Portugal at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, lambasted Red Devils manager Erik ten Hag and other team members.

For the Red Devils this season, Ronaldo, 37, scored three goals in six games. In 2021, he agreed to return to the team for a second tenure. With a third-year option, 

that agreement had a two-year term.On Thursday in Doha, Qatar, Portugal's World Cup campaign will get underway against Ghana. 

On December 7 in Cadiz, Spain, Manchester United will play a friendly match against Cadiz.