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Champions League draw LIVE

Champions League draw LIVE

"Football is played across four lines of the pitch and that's where Cristiano won. There's no doubt who the victor should be, the one who is the best in his position", he said.

Keylor Navas won the goalkeeper of the season award, Sergio Ramos was voted the best defender, while Cristiano Ronaldo claimed the forward of the season award. Even the president's award went to a former Real Madrid man, David Beckham. "I want to be here". Players are judged on their performances in domestic, continental and global competitions.

Salah scored 44 goals for Liverpool last season, helping the English club reach the Champions League final where they lost to Real Madrid.

"They are very strong and they have financial support to buy and sell players - I believe in them".

Reacting to the draw, Mourinho told the club's official website: "Difficult for us, hard for them [the other teams]".

Ronaldo moved to Juventus in the summer following nine years at Real Madrid, and has been getting used to life in northern Italy.

"He is a player who has a very different talent, he improves anyone who is around him".

Aside from squaring off with Cristiano Ronaldo's new team, United will also face Valencia and Young Boys in Group H.

"It's a demanding group with teams of great value, great tradition and historic stadiums", said Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri.

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The other contender was Egypt and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah.

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The 44-year-old insists that Group B, which is composed of Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur, PSV and Inter Milan, appears to be the most hard. Bayern should progress comfortably with Benfica and Ajax likely to battle for second place and AEK as risky outsiders.

"We want to defend our title for one more year", Emilio Butragueno, Real's Director of Institutional Relations, told Spanish television.

Real Madrid were drawn in Group G alongside Roma, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League draw on Thursday.

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.

"I think we should consider Manchester City the favourites for our group", said Fonseca.

Ronaldo, 33, had the consolation of being awarded the prize for best striker chosen by journalists and Champions League and Europa League coaches from last season.

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