Agent Jorge Mendes slams 'shameful' Cristiano Ronaldo snub

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Real Madrid star Luka Modric deserved to win the Best Player award at the UEFA awards over former forward Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Sergio Ramos.

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

Ronaldo first won the Champions League in 2008 with United, where he spent six years, before his move to Real Madrid in 2009, and is sure of an emotional welcome back to Old Trafford.

The Croatia captain received 313 points in the vote, surpassing Ronaldo, who was a no-show at the ceremony, by 90 points with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah finishing at the third position.

French World Cup victor Antoine Griezmann of France was fourth, followed by Messi of Barcelona and Argentina.

"It's important to have a good season with Real Madrid and if other awards arrive, perfect", he said. He was named the best player of the Club World Cup in 2017 and made the FIFA Team of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017. This competition is very hard, you need to know how to play it well.

If they were to get out of the group, it would reinforce their credentials of being able to go one step further in the competition than they did previous year.

"I expected a hard group, we have a hard group and that's what the Champions League is all about, " Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp said.

"I always try to improve on what I did the previous season, because matching what Messi and Cristiano do by scoring 50 to 60 goals a year is very hard".

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"I think if there is one player who deserves this award then it is Luka".

Group H: Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, Young Boys.

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

Tottenham have agreed with UEFA that their first home group match, which will see them pitted against the Catalan giants is held at Wembley, but it is unclear what happens after that.

Another volatile welcome awaits Klopp's side in Serbia as Red Star Belgrade complete the group.

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

Group E: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK Athen. Bayern should progress comfortably with Benfica and Ajax likely to battle for second place and AEK as risky outsiders. "Valencia have invested heavily in the team with financially strong investors from Singapore, and of course we are blatant outsiders, but we want to benefit from these highly attractive games".

Elsewhere, Tottenham will face trips to Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven, and Inter in Group B, while defending champions Real Madrid are set to take on AS Roma, CSKA Moscow, and Viktoria Plzen.

They will face group-stage debutants Hoffenheim as well as Lyon and Shakhtar Donetsk, coming up against the latter for the second year running.

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