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

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Cristiano Ronaldo's sister Katia Aveiro has aimed a dig at Luka Modric after the Real Madrid midfielder won the UEFA Player of the Year award.

Real Madrid Croatia's midfielder Luka Modric receives the UEFA champions league midfielder of the season award during the draw for UEFA Champions League football tournament at The Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on August 30, 2018.

They face Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli, alongside Red Star Belgrade, who won the European Cup in 1991 and will participate for the first time in the modern, revamped Champions League.

Ronaldo has yet to score for Juventus, but will be hopeful of replicating last season's form in the Champions League this term.

Real Madrid is guaranteed to earn at least €50 million (NZ$87.8 million), plus a share of Spanish TV rights money and results bonuses.

United were grouped alongside Juventus, Valencia and Young Boys for a somewhat tricky Champions League group stage. Not only did he win a third successive UEFA Champions League title - and a record fifth overall - he also top-scored in the competition for a sixth straight season.

"This is not the victor, he's (Modric) the best player in the world in his position", said Mendes.

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"I do compare myself with Neymar, [Robert] Lewandowski, [Kylian] Mbappe, who's on fire at the moment, and [Eden] Hazard", he said.

Lokomotiv Moscow, seeded in the top pot as Russia's champion, will play Porto, Schalke and Galatasaray in Group D.

Voting was by Champions League coaches and invited journalists across Europe.

Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, also branded the decision to give the award to Modric as "shameful".

Group G: Real Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzen.

The Portuguese, who has three wins in total, and is the only player to have made the shortlist every year since UEFA created the award in 2011.

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