Champions League Draw: Ronaldo To Return To Old Trafford

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Luka Modric helped Madrid win a third straight Champions League title and fourth in five seasons

Thursday night proved to be a successful one for the trio in Monaco as they all took home at least one accolade during the Champions League group stage draw.

Galled at seeing Ronaldo miss out on the Player of the Year award, Aveiro shared a graphic on Instagram comparing the stats accrued by Modric in the Champions League last season to those of her brother.

The new season Champions League season also marks a new three-year round of broadcasting and sponsor deals allowing for UEFA to distribute higher prize money, which will benefit the clubs with a more storied European history.

The trio are in Group C with Red Star Belgrade, European Cup winners in 1991 and making their debut in the group stage.

Ronaldo, in his absence, was awarded the prize for best striker chosen by Champions League and Europa League coaches from last season and journalists.

Group G: Real Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzen.

His teammate Sergio Ramos won the Defender of the Season Award, while Modric, who had a stellar year which also saw him win the 2018 World Cup's Golden Ball, was named the Midfielder of the Season.

Group E: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK Athen. "It would be nice for us to count some players among those who were given awards, but football is a team sport and we will face this Champions League with great determination".

"Manchester City are a massive challenge for us", said Hoffenheim coach Julien Nagelsmann.

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

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

"We picked the best team in the world (Real Madrid) and two others who will create us many problems", he said.

Which teams would you love to see paired up for group stage action?

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

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