'No other choice' - Wayne Rooney reacts to Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Man Utd

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Wayne Rooney said that Cristiano Ronaldo had "no other choice" but to leave Manchester United amid a tumultuous stretch for the Portugal player.

WHAT HAPPENED? Manchester United's all-time record scorer Wayne Rooney said that his ex-teammate Cristiano Ronaldo had "no other choice" but to leave the club following his explosive interview with Piers Morgan.

WHAT THEY SAID: "Am I surprised? No," said Rooney to Sports 18. "There was no other choice but that's a shame because he's been a fantastic servant to the club. I wish him the best wherever he goes."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The 37-year-old's contract has been torn up by the club, with the Portuguese forward stating that it's time for a "new challenge". Rooney has been critical of his old friend this season, especially when Ronaldo refused to come on against Tottenham, but in this case avoided negativity.

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WHAT NEXT FOR RONALDO? For now, Ronaldo's focus will be on helping Portugal in what will likely be his last shot at a World Cup title. Once the tournament ends, he'll be free to find a new club following his contract's termination.