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Cristiano Ronaldo set for Old Trafford return with Juventus in Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo set for Old Trafford return with Juventus in Champions League

Liverpool will face a tough assignment if they are to make the Champions League group stages this season, but last night's draw has served up some sparkling clashes for Jurgen Klopp's men as they face Paris-Saint Germain, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade in Group C.

But while Modric has been praised by his Madrid teammates after receiving the award, Ronaldo's sister fired a shot at the Croatian.

Thursday's win caps off a stellar 12 months for the 32-year-old, who also won the Golden Ball for his performances in helping Croatia finish as runners-up at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Paul Pogba will also go up against his former team as United and Juve were drawn alongside Young Boys and Valencia, with the Spanish club tipped to cause some problems.

The 32-year-old midfielder had a phenomenal season with Los Blancos and his country Croatia, whom he led to the 2018 FIFA World Cup final - picking up the Player of the Tournament award along the way.

Mendes told Record: "Football is played on the field and that's where Cristiano won".

He edged out the likes of Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.

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Holders Madrid begin their bid to win a fourth consecutive Champions League crown in a kind-looking Group G, featuring Roma, CSKA Moscow and Czech side Viktoria Plzen.

The English Premier League team are the only ones of the four who are not former European champions.

"It was a personal decision that he took today, and we want to respect it", Marotta said, as quoted by ESPN.

"City were my favourites to win the European Cup before a ball was kicked anyway, and when you look at their Champions League group, there is every chance they will be through to the knockout stages with a couple of group games to spare".

Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, was fuming that UEFA chose to snub his client.

And the end result saw the Reds draw French champions PSG as well as Serie A runners-up Napoli and Serbian champions Red Star Belgrade in their group.

Atletico Madrid, whose Metropolitano stadium hosts the final on June 1, is grouped with Borussia Dortmund, Monaco and Club Brugge in Group A.


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