Real's Modric beats Ronaldo, Salah to be named Europe's top player

Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus from Real Madrid this summer

Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric has been named the UEFA Champions League player of the year at a ceremony held in Monaco, France on Thursday evening, August 30.

Last May Real Madrid won an unprecedented third consecutive European Cup, defeating Liverpool 3-1 in a spectacular, if contentious, final in Kyiv.

Juventus now face Manchester United, Valencia and Young Boys in the Champions League groups stage.

Fellow Premier League rivals Liverpool have also been handed a tough Group C draw after they were demoted to pot three of the draw after Benfica emerged victorious over Greek side PAOK in the qualifying stage.

Carlo Ancelotti, who became coach of Napoli in the close season, will return to the French capital, where he led PSG to the title in 2013.

One of the most notable Groups of Death this year is that of Group B, which will be contested by Barcelona, Tottenham, PSV and Inter.

He was however not in attendance for the Champions League draw, where Modric picked up his award.

"Lyon always have good players and Shakhtar have several Brazilians who know how this game is meant to be played".

One of Liverpool's main problems last season was that they found it hard to compete on all fronts.

They are becoming a "classic team" and a regular Bundesliga top-four club, according to Begiristain, and present a serious challenge for City alongside Lyon and Shakhtar Donetsk.

He said he has studied City's German opposition in Group F many times in the past, dating back to when the club had Roberto Firmino in their ranks.

The Englishman was speaking during the Champions League draw and awards show where the club's fate for the season was drawn. "Those of us below them have to try and get closer, but it's a big gap to close".

Group D features former European champions Porto, Lokomotiv Moscow, Schalke 04 and Galatasaray.

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