Real Madrid player and Portuguese international, Cristiano Ronaldo, has been adjudged the best player by Europe’s football governing body, UEFA.
The announcement was made after this year’s group stages for the UEFA Champions League was drawn in Monaco. Ronaldo beat his Madrid teammate Gareth Bale and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann to win the best player title.
UEFA Champions League: The Group Draw
Paris Saint Germain (France)
FC Basel (Switzerland)
Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)
Manchester City (England)
Bayern Munich (Germany)
PSV Eindhoven (Holland)
CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Real Madrid (Spain)
Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
Sporting Portugal (Portugal)
Legia Warsaw (Poland)
Club Brugge (Belgium)
FC Copenhagen (Denmark)
Who is facing who in the 2016 UEFA Champions League draw?
It’s time for Europe’s biggest football competition, the UEFA Champions League. 32 European teams have been drawn on Thursday at the UEFA headquarters in Monaco.
There were four pots and eight groups. A team from each pot made it to each of the eight groups.
Aside the draw, UEFA’s Best Player in Europe Award winners for both male and female categories were revealed as well as the UEFA President’s Award.
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Clubs from the same association cannot be drawn against each other. Also, Russian and Ukrainian teams cannot play each other.
Pot 1 was made up of last season’s champions (Real Madrid) and the top-seven ranked nations at the end of the 2014/15 season. Pots 2-4 were decided by each side’s UEFA club coefficient at the end of last season.
Pot 1: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Leicester City, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Paris Saint-German, CSKA Moscow.
Pot 2: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal, Manchester City, Sevilla, Porto, Napoli, Bayer Leverkusen.
Pot 3: Tottenham, Dynamo Kiev, Lyon, PSV Eindhoven, Sporting Lisbon, Club Bruges, Basle, Monchengladbach.
Pot 4: Monaco, Besiktas, Legia Warsaw, Ludogrets, Celtic, Rostov, Cophenagen, Dinamo Zagreb.
Leicester City is the underdog in Pot 1 because they haven’t played in the Champions League since the 2000-01 season.
The match days for the group stages have already been scheduled to start in September and end in December.
Matchday one will take place on September 13 and 14.
Matchday two: September 27–28
Matchday three: October 18–19
Matchday four: November 1–2
Matchday five: November 22–23
Matchday six: December 6–7
Finalists for UEFA Best Player in Europe Award
There were three finalists for the Best Player Award. They were Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Gareth Bale (Real madrid) and Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid).
For the women, they were: Ada Hegerberg (Lyon), Amandine Henry (Lyon), Dszenifer Marozsán (Lyon ).
The finalists were selected by a panel of 55 sports journalists. One from each member association.