Cristiano Ronaldo has been crowned ‘The Best Player in Europe’ as Pep Guardiola will return to Barcelona with Manchester City after his new club were paired with the Catalan giants in the Champions League.
Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has lifted the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award for a second time.
Ronaldo enjoyed a sensational 2015/16, winning the UEFA Champions League with Madrid before leading his country to UEFA EURO 2016 glory.
The 31-year-old beat off competition from club-mate Gareth Bale and Atlético Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann to land the award he first picked up in 2013/14.
UEFA Champions League Draws
Pep Guardiola will return to the Camp Nou after Manchester City and Barcelona were drawn together in the Champions League group stage on Thursday.
Guardiola spent the majority of his playing career with Barcelona and led them to two European titles as manager in 2009 and 2011.
And now in his first season as City manager, he will face off against his former club in Group C, along with Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic, when the group stage begins next month.
The Spanish champions beat City at the last-16 stage in both 2014 and 2015, while the teams just completed a transfer of goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to City hours earlier.
The draw featured some other blockbuster matchups, as defending champions Real Madrid play Borussia Dortmund in Group F, Paris Saint-German face Arsenal in Group A, and Bayern Munich drew last year’s runners-up Atletico Madrid in Group D.
There were more favourable draws for the other two English clubs.
Debutants Leicester City were drawn with Porto, Club Brugge and FC Copenhagen in Group G, while Tottenham must play CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco in Group E.
UEFA Group Draws in Full
Group Stage Matchdays
September 13, 14
September 27, 28
October 18, 19
November 1, 2
November 22, 23
December 6, 7
Round of 16 draw: Monday, Dec. 12.
Credits: ESPN Sports / UEFA Champions League