Ronaldo set for Old Trafford return with Juventus

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is said to be the main reason behind Cristiano Ronaldo's snub for UEFA Mens' Player of the Year, after allegedly putting pressure on the organisation to reward Luka Modric instead. "It's a nice group, too, with teams with different styles of play and four really competitive clubs".

Liverpool, the runner-up last season, was the toughest third-seeded team and landed with Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli, and Red Star Belgrade. "I expected a hard group, we have a hard group and that's what the Champions League is all about".

Liverpool will find out who they will face during the group stages at 5pm tonight when the Champions League draw is made.

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

Group D: Lokomotiv Moscow, Porto, Schalke, Galatasaray.

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

Group F: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, Hoffenheim.

Matchday 1: BSC Young Boys vs. Manchester United and Juventus vs. Valencia. "He scored 15 goals, carrying Real Madrid to the Champions League win once again", Mendes told Portuguese daily Record.

"We have to respect Shakhtar, at home it wasn't easy then when we played them away of course it was the last game". The veteran striker, exiled from the French squad that won the World Cup, has started with three goals in three matches after hitting only five in 32 La Liga matches last season, giving the impression he has been liberated without Ronaldo's dominating presence alongside him.

That system was promoted by former UEFA president Michel Platini to counter FIFA's introduction of goal-line technology.

Coaches and journalists voted for the prize, with Modric easily beating out Salah and Ronaldo to collect the honour - he earned 313 points in the voting process compared to 223 for Ronaldo and Salah's 134. "They are great feelings and I am happy and proud of everything that I have achieved".

"I can say for sure that this has been the best year of my career, both collectively and individually, and I am enjoying the moment and life".

Manchester United have been drawn against Juventus, the winners of Serie A in each of the last seven seasons.

  • Stacy Allen