UNEMPLOYED Cristiano Ronaldo is missing out on an eye-watering £71,000-a-day at the World Cup after having his contract ripped up by Manchester United.
The 37-year-old football icon angered United with an explosive sit-down interview with SunSport columnist and TalkTV main man Piers Morgan.
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo accused Man Utd of betrayal, and slammed the lack of investment in the club’s infrastructure.
Present United figures such as boss Erik ten Hag were in the firing line, with Ronaldo admitting he does not respect the Dutchman.
And former team-mates Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney were also slammed for their criticism.
Ronaldo got his wish of an exit from Old Trafford, albeit a few months late, after slamming the club, with United ripping up his £500,000-a-week contract.
The Portugal captain had seven months left on his deal, which works out at around £71,000-a-day, according to the Daily Mail.
Whether Ronaldo’s next move at club level is revealed during the World Cup is yet to be seen.
Euro 2016 winners Portugal are contesting World Cup Group H alongside Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea.
Portugal play Ghana in their group opener on Thursday.
If Ronaldo was to stay in the Premier League, he has been handed a two-game ban and fined by the Football Association for knocking an autistic fan’s phone to the ground.
The FA are due to officially announce Ronaldo’s punishment later this afternoon.
And they will provide the full written reasons behind their decision for the sanction also.
Both Chelsea and Newcastle have been linked with a swoop for the Portuguese legend.