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Cristiano Ronaldo's sister aims dig at Luka Modric for winning UEFA award

Sergio Ramos lifts the Champions League trophy Mo Salah and Sadio Mane celebrate. Matthijs de Ligt celebrates scoring a goal for Ajax Which of these European heavyweights will be feared in this season's Champions League? Credit Reuters Getty images
Noah Ferguson | 31 August, 2018, 22:47

He scored 15 goals, and carried Madrid on his back to conquer the Champions League once again.

Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta backed up Mendes' criticism, expressing the Italian side's disappointment.

Last season's Champions League runners-up Liverpool, big-spending French champions Paris St Germain and Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli were also drawn together in the pick of the groups.

Barcelona heads a tough-looking Group B with Tottenham, plus former champions PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan.

Group E: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK Athen.

When one considers the strength of some of the other groups, the City staff may feel satisfied with our fate.

Instead, it was another Madrid hero, Luka Modric, who was named top performer overall, as chosen by 60 coaches from the Champions and Europa League competitions and 55 journalists from across Europe.

United were grouped alongside Juventus, Valencia and Young Boys for a somewhat tricky Champions League group stage.

"I think Manchester City, for me, is the favourite to win the Champions League". He is the second "Eastern European" player who has entered the FIFPro World XI, the best team in the world.

The last time the team lost in a final was in 2013 in the Copa del Rey against Atletico Madrid.

Keylor Navas, Sergio Ramos and Ronaldo won the respective accolades for best goalkeeper, defender and forward, while Modric took the prize for most impressive midfielder. Red Star won the old European Cup in 1991, one year before the format changed. UEFA will hold the Round of 16 draw December 17.

The defeat we suffered in the return match in Ukraine came when we were already qualified as group winners, but nevertheless provided another reminder of their quality.

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