Modric wins UEFA player of the Year award in Monaco

Juventus Champions League

Juventus Champions League

In the fight for the title of best football player Luka Modric has bypassed the forward of "Liverpool" Mohamed Salah and Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who last season played for real Madrid.

Real Madrid Croatia´s midfielder Luka Modric receives the UEFA player of the season award during the draw for UEFA Champions League football tournament at The Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on August 30, 2018.

Modric played a pivotal role in Madrid's third consecutive Champions League victory last season and also captained Croatia to the World Cup final this summer.

England's leading clubs learned their Champions League fate in Thursday's draw.

"The favourites to win UEFA Champions League are always the same: Real Madrid and Barcelona are ahead of the rest", Ronaldo, the global ambassador for competition sponsors Santander, told Goal . The coach doesn't believe any of their rivals should be favourites ahead of Barcelona, even if it is a hard group, and that the challenge was an interesting one.

Cristiano Ronaldo is going back to Manchester United and Paul Pogba will return to Juventus after the teams were drawn together in a Champions League group along with Valencia and Young Boys today [Macau time].

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Having progressed through a group featuring Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia, they may feel happy with the draw this time around.

"I say this as a director since this award is for the Champions League and not the World Cup, and Ronaldo gifted some great emotions in this competition".

"There will be a lot of passion around our matches in this group with Napoli, Liverpool and Red Star".

"So I think, 'Why is he calling me now, we spoke last night?' It is than that he announced to me his decision to quit".

Liverpool fell at the final hurdle in the Champions League last season.

"Barcelona are not all about Messi: They have plenty of players who can change a game all in a sudden just with a piece of skill".

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