27 August 2013
Next Thursday, August 29th, the UEFA Best Player in Europe will be chosen in Monaco and the Champions League group state draw will take place. This will all happen in a ceremony where Cristiano Ronaldo will be one of the stars and which will begin at 18:00 hours. The Real Madrid player has been nominated, together Messi and Ribery for the individual award, which recognizes the best player of the 2012/2013 season in Europe.
32 teams will participate in the group stage draw, which will be divided into four different drums according to the UEFA’s coefficient system. At this stage, the teams will not be able to face other teams in their own countries. At the end of the draw there will be eight groups with four teams each.
As for the election to designate the UEFA Best Player in Europe, a group of expert journalists will choose the winner live through an electronic system. Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the finalists together with Messi and Ribery, and will be at the ceremony in Monaco. Besides his achievements at the national competitions, the Portuguese player was the top scorer in the past edition of the Champions League with 12 goals.