NEWS | 24/08/2017 | Alberto Navarro (Monaco) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Helios de la RubiaThey were chosen, respectively, as best defender, best midfielder and best forward in the competition.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who was the top scorer in last season’s Champions League, was chosen ahead of Dybala and Messi. The best goalkeeper award went to Buffon. The jury of the awards was made up of the coaches of the 32 teams that took part in the Group Stage of the 2016/17 Champions League and 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media group (ESM), representing each of the UEFA member federations.
Ramos: "We’re here to make history"
"We’re on the ideal path, we’re here to make history and break records. We’re a unique group and we come off the back of a very complete year. We must keep up with this level and intensity that we have set. The best way to be inspired is to never tire of winning, if on top of that you add hunger, illusion, heart and soul, there’s no need for words. You have to reset yourself every year and forget what you’ve won".
"It is a group with difficult opponents, but to be champions we have to beat the best. We're going to try to do well in the good Group Stage".
Modric: "Winning la Duodécima was incredible"
"It was an incredible feeling for us. We had an extra motivation to be the first team to defend the title. We played very well, especially in the second half, giving Juventus no chance in the final and lifting the trophy".
"It is a very complicated group, Dortmund are a difficult opponent. I'm happy to be playing against my former team, every year they get better and it is going to be a difficult game as well. APOEL have very good fans in Cyprus, who creates a difficult environment to play in".
Cristiano: "It's a great moment for me"
"Winning this many trophies is thanks to hard work and a great team like Real Madrid. I love to play, to score goals, to win trophies – collective and individual. I’m so happy to be here again. It’s a great moment for me”.