Ribery ahead of Messi & Ronaldo

0,,17054879_303,00By Raghav Arora

Bayern Munich player Franck Ribery beats Messi and Ronaldo to grab European Player of the year 2012-2013.

The award that started in 2011 saw Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta win it (2011 and 2012 respectively).

The 74-times capped Ribery was an essential player  in Bayern’s charge to last season’s historic treble of the Champions League, the Bundesliga title and the German Cup.
The last years UEFA Champions League Final saw Bayarn Munich beat Borussia Dortmund
He also set up Arjen Robben’s decisive goal in the 2-1 final win against Borussia Dortmund.

The Frenchman was delighted at the announcement.
“It’s a very special moment to be standing here this evening. I want to thank all of my team-mates from FC Bayern München, my family and my kids,” Ribery, 30, said on accepting the award from Uefa president Michel Platini.

Also with this comes out the UEFA Champions League Draw.

UEFA Champions League is the most elite league contested by top clubs in European Football.

Here are the draws.

Group A: Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Sociedad.

Group B: Real MadridJuventusGalatasarayFC Copenhagen.

Group C: PSG, BenficaOlympiakosAnderlecht.

Group D: Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow, Manchester City, FC Viktoria Plzen.

Group E: Chelsea, Schalke, FC Basel, Steaua Bucharest.

Group F: Arsenal, Marseille, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli.

Group G: PortoAtlético MadridZenit St PetersburgAustria Vienna.

Group H: Barcelona, Milan, Ajax, Celtic.

The UEFA Champions League will kickstart on 17th September  and the final will be played at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal next year.

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