Published: Sun, September 02, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Ronaldo's Juventus drawn with Man United in Champions League

Ronaldo's Juventus drawn with Man United in Champions League

None of the top seeds can play each other, so Real will not be drawn in the same group as Ronaldo's new club Juventus.

Ronaldo, who was at United between 2003 and 2009, joined Juve for £99.2m in July after nine years at Real Madrid.

Juventus are clear favourites in the group where Jose Mourinho's troubled United are likely to battle Valencia for second spot, with debutants Young Boys Bern the rank outsiders.

Tottenham have been drawn in a tough group to face Barcelona, while last season's runners-up Liverpool face Paris St-Germain and Napoli.

Juventus will face Manchester United in the Champions League group stage this season, giving Cristiano Ronaldo a chance to play against his former team.

Mendes said that not giving Ronaldo the award is "ridiculous" as he not only scored 15 goals but also took the Real Madrid to the Champions League glory.

Barcelona head a tough-looking Group B with Tottenham, plus former champions PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan, while three more former European champions Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax are together with underdog AEK Athens in Group E.

With Lokomotiv Moscow coming out of Pot 1, Porto out of Pot 2 and Schalke out of Pot 3 you can safely deduce that all the teams remaining in Pot 4 would be desperate for Diego Forlan to call out their name.

"Manchester City are a massive challenge for us", said Hoffenheim coach Julien Nagelsmann.

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Group G: Real Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzen.

Group A: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Club Brugge.

Here's our winners and losers list from the group stage draw.

The UEFA Champions League 2018/19 Group stage begins from September 18, with two clubs from each group will advance to the knockout round.

Tottenham have shown they can overcome the best, just look at last season when they topped their group ahead of Real Madrid so they are clearly not to be overlooked.

With this award, the 32-year-old Modric, who was named the best player at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russian Federation, should be among the favourites to win the Ballon d'Or.

It was the Croatian midfielder Luka Modric who was presented with the UEFA Best Player award.

Modric - who also won the Golden Ball at the World Cup in Russian Federation after leading Croatia to the final - added: "As I already said, I am really happy to be here". "They are great feelings and I am happy and proud of everything that I have achieved. This is the best year of my career collectively and individually, so I am really enjoying, we have to keep working". Finally I achieved something I dreamed since I started playing for the national team.

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