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Champions League Draw: Messi Vs Ronaldo in Tough Group Stage

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will face off in the Champions League group stage for the first time as Juventus and Barcelona were drawn together in Group G.

Holders Bayern Munich will face Atletico Madrid, while Manchester United were drawn in the same group as Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig, who met in last season’s semifinals.

Liverpool were placed in a group which promises goals alongside Ajax and Atalanta as well as newcomers FC Midtjylland, while Real Madrid and Inter Milan were also paired together in Group B.

The draw also means Sergino Dest, who on Thursday was revealed as a Barca player, will go head-to-head with UNSMT international teammate Weston McKennie, who joined Juve this summer.

Elsewhere, Manchester City were drawn in the same group as Porto. Chelsea will face Europa League holders Sevilla.

The group matches will kick off Oct. 20 and 21 with the sixth games on Dec. 8 and 9 and the final in Istanbul’s Ataturk Stadium on May 29.

UEFA also informed on Thursday that fans will be permitted in stadiums at 30% capacity depending on local government guidelines. No away supporters will be admitted to matches.

Prior to the start of the draw, former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba won the UEFA President’s Award, while Bayern’s Manuel Neuer was chosen men’s Goalkeeper of the Year and Sarah Bouhaddi of Lyon claimed the women’s honor.

Lyon’s Wendie Renard was named women’s Defender of the Year with teammate Dzsenifer Marozsan the best midfielder, while Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich was the No. 1 men’s defender and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne named best midfielder.

Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski obtained the best men’s forward award, while new Chelsea signing Pernille Harder, who became the most-expensive footballer in the women’s game when she joined from Wolfsburg this summer, was named the best women’s forward — with both players winning the overall best player awards.

Lyon made it a clean sweep as Jean-Luc Vasseur was named best manager, while on the men’s side the award went to Bayern’s Hansi Flick.

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