Football agent Jorge Mendes has broken the silence of his split with Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo. The agent has represented the former Manchester United man for over two decades.

Jorge Mendes said, “How do I see this phase of his life? Cristiano will always be in my heart. He is a special player and a special person for me. If I, a few years ago, thought that I could have a player with half the value of Cristiano, I would sign for less!”

“And all of us Portuguese should be proud to have had and still have a player like him. I’ve always said it, and I’ll say it all my life: he was and is the best player in the entire history of world football! I don’t have the slightest doubt, even compared to others,”

After being an agent of Ronaldo for almost two decades, Mendes parted ways with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in 2022. It is reported that the two decided to split after Mendes failed to secure a move for Ronaldo to Bayern Munich or Chelsea in the 2022 transfer window.

It is also said that Ronaldo’s bombshell interview with Piers Morgan further damaged his relationship with Mendes. That interview sealed his fate as a Manchester United player as the Red Devils tore his contract and allowed him to leave the club.

The relationship between Cristiano Ronaldo and Jorge Mendes broke weeks after the Portugal captain sealed a record-breaking move to Al-Nassr FC. Ronaldo became the highest-paid footballer in the history of the game after sealing his move to the Saudia club. However, there are reports that he could return to European football as he is linked with a move to Newcastle United and Bayern Munich this summer.