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Group H also has Manchester United, Juventus, Young Boys and Valencia, who can not be underrated because they have a very good team and are capable of going to the next round.

Ronaldo, a five-time victor of the world player of the year award, signed for Italian champions Juventus this summer from Real Madrid for 100mn euros.

"It is the first time that an Egyptian player features in the shortlist".

Group H includes: Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia and Young Boys. "It is a personal and private decision", Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta said.

Group G: Real Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzen. PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan, beaten by Spurs in the 2013 Europa League last 16, are the other opponents in Group B.

City's odds for the title have been cut from this afternoon, they were priced at 6/1 with most bookmakers to lift the Champions League, but are now as short as 9/2 in most places.

He then touches on the chances of former side Dortmund, who made Group A, alongside Atletico Madrid, Monaco and Club Brugge.

Cristiano Ronaldo aims to help Juventus win the Champions League trophy
Cristiano Ronaldo aims to help Juventus win the Champions League trophy

Thursday's draw ceremony at Monaco's Grimaldi Forum, a stone's throw from the Mediterranean Sea, threw up several other fascinating groups, with last season's beaten finalists Liverpool set to have their work cut out alongside the Paris Saint-Germain of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, as well as Napoli, in Group C.

It last hosted a major tournament with the European Championship in 1996, although the semi-finals and final of the continent-wide Euro 2020 will be played in London, at Wembley.

Teams from the same country could not be drawn together Thursday, and teams from Ukraine and Russian Federation were also kept apart due to ongoing political tensions. "But I was hoping we would draw a big team and we got one". Ronaldo had won the UEFA award three times in the previous four years.

Real Madrid is guaranteed to earn at least 50 million euros ($59 million), plus a share of Spanish TV rights money and results bonuses. The Catalan side triumphed 2-1 on aggregate, drawing at White Hart Lane before Barca won 1-0 at the Nou Camp. More fees are earned for reaching each subsequent round. That group is completed by a famous old name in 1991 European Cup winners Red Star Belgrade.

Matchday 1: Ajax vs. AEK Athens and Bayern vs. Benfica.

Group F: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, Hoffenheim. It's a group which is going to be really well disputed.

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The 44th-ranked Tiafoe had lost in the first round in NY in each of the past three years, including against Roger Federer in 2017. Maria Sharapova held on to edge 39-year-old Patty Schnyder, the oldest female qualifier in Grand Slam history, in the U.S.



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