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Monaco: Messi, Ronaldo and Cantona steal the show as van Dijk bags top UEFA award

Monaco, Monte Carlo
August 30, 2019 at 10:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

Football's creme-de-la-creme gathered in Monaco on Thursday, to attend the draw of the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League groups, as well as the annual players' award ceremony. Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk received UEFA's Player of the Year award for the 2018/2019 season.

Speaking on stage upon receiving the award from UEFA President Aleksandar Ceferin, van Dijk thanked his teammates, the Liverpool staff as well as his family for supporting him along the way.

In the draw's opening speech, former Manchester United star Eric Cantona quoted William Shakespeare's King Lear in typically irreverent fashion.

Meanwhile, Barcelona legend Lionel Messi sat alongside fierce rival Cristiano Ronaldo where the two appeared to get along rather well.

"Of course, we have a good relationship. We haven't had a dinner together yet, but I hope in the future," Ronaldo joked.

Reigning European champions Liverpool were placed in Group E against Napoli, Salzburg and Genk.

Group F is considered this year's 'group of death', where Barcelona were pitted against Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan and Slavia Praha.

Bayern Munich and Manchester City were placed in Group B and Group C respectively.

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Football's creme-de-la-creme gathered in Monaco on Thursday, to attend the draw of the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League groups, as well as the annual players' award ceremony. Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk received UEFA's Player of the Year award for the 2018/2019 season.

Speaking on stage upon receiving the award from UEFA President Aleksandar Ceferin, van Dijk thanked his teammates, the Liverpool staff as well as his family for supporting him along the way.

In the draw's opening speech, former Manchester United star Eric Cantona quoted William Shakespeare's King Lear in typically irreverent fashion.

Meanwhile, Barcelona legend Lionel Messi sat alongside fierce rival Cristiano Ronaldo where the two appeared to get along rather well.

"Of course, we have a good relationship. We haven't had a dinner together yet, but I hope in the future," Ronaldo joked.

Reigning European champions Liverpool were placed in Group E against Napoli, Salzburg and Genk.

Group F is considered this year's 'group of death', where Barcelona were pitted against Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan and Slavia Praha.

Bayern Munich and Manchester City were placed in Group B and Group C respectively.

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M/S Virgil van Dijk arriving, Monte Carlo

M/S Cristiano Ronaldo arriving

M/S Alisson Becker

M/S Lionel Messi arriving

C/U Messi signing shirt

M/S Wesley Sneijder revealing teams

SOT, Eric Cantona, former Manchester United player: "As flies to wanton boys, we are for the gods. They will kill us for the sport. Soon the science will not only be able to slow down the ageing of the cells, soon the science will fix the cells to the state." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

M/S Wesley Sneijder revealing teams

SOT, Lionel Messi, Barcelona forward (Spanish): "Well, thank you. I'm happy to get the recognition, it's another goal achieved by winning this award and a good way to start the season, so I'm happy."

C/U Leverkusen representatives

SOT, Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus FC striker: "We shared this stage 15 years, me and him. I don't know if it has ever happened in football, the same two guys, on the same stage all the time. So, it's not easy, as you know. And of course, we have a good relationship. We haven't had a dinner together yet, but I hope in the future. But it's nice. Of course, I miss playing in Spain. We have had that battle in the last 15 years, which is good. He pushed me, and I pushed him as well. So it's good to be a part of history of football. I'm there, and of course, he's there as well." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

W/S Frenkie de Jong accepting award

W/S UEFA Aleksander Ceferin awards Liverpool FC defender Virgil van Dijk with the UEFA Player of the Year award *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

SOT, Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool FC defender: "First of all I think I need to thank all my teammates. Without all of them and without the staff obviously I wouldn't achieve what I achieved over the last year especially. I thank my family, of course. But yeah, it's been a long road, but it's part of my journey, it's part of who I am. I needed it like this. I'm not a player who was 18-years old and had that ride straight away. I had to work hard for every step of the way, and that's part of me and I'm very happy about that. Yeah, I'm very proud to get this trophy, and it's all credit to everyone that has helped me along the way." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

W/S 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League groups *JUMPCUT AT SOURCE*

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