"Is he the best midfield player in the world right now?"
"Our criticism concerns a deep bitterness for this decision, because the award refers to the Champions League and not to the World Cup and I believe that Cristiano Ronaldo has given the best emotions of the last edition and also fantastic goals", he said.
Ronaldo first won the Champions League in 2008 with United, where he spent six years, before his move to Real Madrid in 2009, and is sure of an emotional welcome back to Old Trafford. Perhaps Barcelona and Real Madrid wouldn't have won many trophies without the commanding brilliance of both players in their respective clubs.
55 journalists and 60 coaches from last season's Champions League and Europa League teams were invited to vote for who they felt should win the award. Manager Zinedine Zidane stepped away and was replaced by Julen Lopetegui, while Ronaldo exited in a blockbuster transfer to Juventus.
With fixtures beginning on September 18/19, the Reds will be looking to return from the worldwide break on form and kick off their Champions League campaign with a win. "Inter are back in the place they deserve to be in the Champions League where they will compete with the best".
Yes, Santiago Bernabeu side have performed excellently in the last 5 Champions League seasons.
But critics say it could increase the competitive imbalance in European football and remove what romance is left.
Due to the seeding system and UEFA's policy of keeping teams from the same countries apart in the group stage, there was a shortage of big heavyweight clashes but lots of intriguing ties.
After winning four titles at Real Madrid, and one with United, Ronaldo aims to end Juventus' 23-year wait for a third European title.
"We are getting close but we want to be closer than last season and we want to be there". "We played the quarter-finals, we had the perception we could have been even better so we will try to do that this season".