Modric Beats Ronaldo & Salah to Win UEFA Player of the Year

Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus Real Madrid transfer

Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus Real Madrid transfer

Luka Modric edged out Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah to win player of the year, while Ronaldo beat out Lionel Messi to win top forward.

In a protracted draw ceremony in Monaco, Europe's elite 32 teams learned their fate in this season's Champions League group stage, as the European club season slowly begins to take center stage once more.

Lyon has participated in the UEFA Champions League 12 times, and during the 2009-10 season and reached the semi-finals of the competition for the first time after three previous quarter-final appearances.

Former Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, now at Juventus, claimed the Forward of the Season Award as well.

The 33-year-old was expected to be crowned UEFA's Men's Player of the Year given his exploits for his former club last term. "He scored 15 goals, carrying Real Madrid on his back to winning another Champions League title", he said.

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The now Juventus player was named best striker but the overall award went to Luka Modric.

At first glance a nightmare for Spurs - but this is their third Champions League season under Mauricio Pochettino and they have grown in confidence. "The important thing is Real Madrid".

Thursday night was a big one for European football, with the Champions League draw for the 2018/19 campaign taking place in Monaco.

Luka's national team career isn't too shabby either, as he was selected the best Croatian player seven times, was named on the best team of the World Cup in Russian Federation, and received the Golden Ball at the 2018 World Cup. Group D: Lokomotiv Moscow, Porto, Schalke, Galatasaray.

Meanwhile, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has revealed that Ronaldo was not happy with the outcome at the awards gala, but insisted his player is fully focused on the Bianconeri's next game.

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