Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

CR7 blames Perez for Modric win?

CR7 blames Perez for Modric win?

Croatia worldwide midfielder Luka Modric won both the midfielder of the year and overall best player awards.

Modric adds the UEFA award to the title of Best Player at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation, and must now be considered a strong candidate to break the Messi/Ronaldo stranglehold which has dominated the Ballon d'Or in recent years.

Modric also had a phenomenal individual season for Los Blancos and helped Croatia reach the 2018 World Cup final in Russian Federation.

"Inter are back in the Champions League and they'll be desperate to do well".

Manchester United and Liverpool could be in for a tough time in the Chamions League group stage if it turns out anything like Roma's simulation of the draw.

"Football is played on the field and that's where Cristiano won".

"It's the first time this has happened to me in my life".

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The two clubs met in last season's Champions League group stage with City winning 2-0 at the Etihad before going down 2-1 in Ukraine.

Begiristain says City will take nothing for granted in their group and remembers how Shakhtar were the first side to beat the Blues last season in December.

His success here, after he was named the best player at the World Cup, confirms that he should be among the favourites to win the Ballon d'Or, a prize dominated by Ronaldo and Lionel Messi over the last decade.

Hoffenheim coach Julien Nagelsmann, for his part, said he's looking forward to facing the Premier League champions in the group.

In Group B, Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham will be tested for a second year running. Group C: Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli, Liverpool, Red Star Belgrade. "They have been signing the best players in the world, spending a lot of money that Manchester City could not spend".

When are the group stage match days?

"Our main goal is Euro 2020, so Portugal and UEFA Nation's League is not that important and even to lose against Portugal and Spain is no big deal", he said.

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