World Cup week? Nah, it’s been Cristiano Ronaldo central so far.
The Portuguese international always finds a way to make the headlines, and for the past week, he’s been clogging up the airwaves.
The Piers Morgan interview kicked things off, before Manchester United’s hierarchy provided the ultimate conclusion yesterday.
Finishing off an ugly public breakup, the club announced that Ronaldo has left the club with immediate effect and that the parties went their ways with mutual consent.
The announcement came days after the forward revealed his many frustrations with the club, which included a lack of trust and empathy.
In the aftermath, it seemed as if all bridges with the club were in ruin, and yesterday, fans received official confirmation.
As users online digested the startling information, takes from everywhere flooded in, and even the punditry panel at BBC gave their two cents.
Composed of Premier League Icons – Alan Shearer, Didier Drogba, Gary Lineker and Vincent Kompany, the pundits briefly touched on the topic during the coverage of France vs Australia.
Manchester City legend and current Burnley gaffer Vincent Kompany provided a measured opinion on the situation saying, ‘I think in the end everybody loses except perhaps the Man United manager. I think it is a problem that has been resolved and they will move on from this.’
His answer prompted Lineker to ask whether the Belgian would take at Burnley.
Kompany provided a savage response in the form of a one-liner that led to plenty of discourse on Twitter.
Sporting a cheeky grin he said, ‘ We need players who can run, you know,’ The entire panel broke out in laughter and so did fans online.
However, there were a fair few who found the quip to be more disrespectful than amusing, and the reason for that is rather obvious.
Without a club, Ronaldo will likely be looking for a destination after the World Cup.
The number of willing takers will be interesting to see, safe to say, a move to the clarets is off the table.