Cristiano Ronaldo, Europe's Best Player
“I'm very happy. I dedicate it to all my teammates, who made it possible, and to everyone who believed in me", the Madrid forward said emotionally.
The Whites, who will play their first and final games at the Bernabéu, will finish the Group Stage on 9 December against Ludogorets.
UEFA projected two emotive videos in which the 10 European Cups were remembered; they also paid tribute to Di Stéfano.
He played for Real Madrid between 1965 and 1973 winning four leagues and two Copa del Reys.
The Whites, drawn into Group B, want to become the first side to sucessfully defend the title since European football's premier competition embraced its new format.
The Whites trained at Ciudad Real Madrid in preparation for Sunday’s league match in the Anoeta.