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31.08.2012 » Ronaldo: "The best teams in the World are Real Madrid and Barça"

Cristiano Ronaldo looking at the cameras, with Irina Shayk next to him, at the UEFA Best Player in Europe awards ceremony, in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo has showed up in Monaco this Thursday evening, to attend the UEFA Champions League group stage draw, as well the UEFA Best Player in Europe award (2011/12). The Portuguese star saw Barcelona's midfielder Andrés Iniesta winning the individual prize for the first time in his career, but before that he left a few comments on last season's campaign and revealed his expectations for this year.

Andrés Iniesta has been awarded with the UEFA Best Player in Europe 2011/12 trophy, leaving the two main favorites, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, two votes behind him. The Spanish midfielder collected 19 votes from the selected journalists panel, while the Portuguese and Argentinian stars ended tied at 2nd place, both with 17 votes from the remaining news media authorities that were asked to vote. It all happened at the UEFA gala that took place in Monaco this Thursday evening, right after the Champions League group stage draw ceremony. Real Madrid has been drawn in Group D with Manchester City, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund, precisely the theoretically most competitive group of this Champions League season.

UEFA Best Football Player in Europe 2011/2012 awards ceremony:

As the ceremony unfolded, Cristiano Ronaldo was the first of the three nominees for the "UEFA Best Player in Europe" award answering a few questions from the former Miss Switzerland, Melanie Winiger, who was hosting the gala with the Portuguese journalist, Pedro Pinto.

Cristiano Ronaldo: "It has been a very good year and I believe that the best two teams in the World play in Spain, those being Real Madrid and Barcelona. It's good to fight against Barça, because the best players in the World have the opportunity to compete against each other. In terms of trophies, Real Madrid won the most difficult one, the Spanish League and we ended losing at the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, but only in the penalty-kicks decision. As for the Portuguese National Team, we lost against the best team, which is Spain and once again in penalties. Therefore, we have to be proud because we've done everything we could and penalties decisions are always a lottery", pointed out the Real Madrid and Portuguese forward, when reviewing his season in the 2011/12 campaign.

UEFA Best Player in Europe, in 2011/2012
Player
Club
Votes
1. Andrés Iniesta
Barcelona
19
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
17
2. Lionel Messi
Barcelona
17

The 3 best player in Europe in 2012, Iniesta, Messi and Ronaldo

Melanie Winiger: "Cristiano, you had a great season domestically with Real Madrid, as you have won the Spanish League. What would you say that has been the difference from the previous season?

Cristiano Ronaldo: "This year we won... That's the difference. We've been better than Barcelona, played better than them and we made enough to deserve winning the league. That's how we've set the difference and we won again yesterday, this time the Spanish Super Cup trophy. Those have been great achievements for Real Madrid and we are all happy for having won this amazing trophy", answered the Portuguese National Team captain.

Cristiano Ronaldo side look to Michel Platini, as the Frenchman greets Iniesta and Messi, at the UEFA gala in 2012

Just before the "Best Player in Europe" award winner was announced, Cristiano Ronaldo was asked to leave a quick comment on the Champions League group stage draw, after knowing that Real Madrid will have to measure forces with Manchester City, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund, the English, Dutch and German champions respectively.

Cristiano Ronaldo: "It's a difficult one... I think that everyone will agree that this is the most difficult and competitive group drawn in this group stage, but we are prepared and we are the Spanish champions, so we're ready to compete against any team", replied a confident Cristiano Ronaldo when approaching Real Madrid's possibilities to get through from the Champions League group they got drawn at.

You can take a look at the eight UEFA Champions League groups drawn for this 2012/2013 season below:

Group A
  Group B
Club
Country
Club
Country
FC Porto
Portugal
Arsenal
England
Dynamo Kiev
Ukraine
Schalke 04
Germany
PSG
France
Olympiacos
Greece
Dinamo Zagreb
Croatia
Montpellier
France

Group C
  Group D
Club
Country
Club
Country
AC Milan
Italy
Real Madrid
Spain
Zenit St. Peters.
Russia
Manchester City
England
Anderlecht
Belgium
Ajax
Holland
Malaga
Spain
Borussia Dortmund
Germany

Group E
  Group F
Club
Country
Club
Country
Chelsea
England
Bayern Munich
Germany
Shakhtar Donetsk
Ukraine
Valencia
Spain
Juventus
Italy
Lille OSC
France
FC Nordsjaelland
Denmark
Bate Borisov
Belarus

Group G
  Group H
Club
Country
Club
Country
Barcelona
Spain
Manchester United
England
Benfica
Portugal
Braga
Portugal
Spartak Moscow
Russia
Galatasaray
Turkey
Celtic Glasgow
Scotland
Cluj
Romania

Cristiano Ronaldo looking uncomfortable, next to Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta, at the UEFA gala awards ceremony for the Best Player in Europe in 2012


Real Madrid will now face Granada for the Spanish League, next Sunday, the 2nd of September, 2012. You can watch Juventus live stream, Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid, Barcelona vs Valencia, Manchester City vs QPR and Tottenham vs Norwich from our football live streams section.

Sources: ronaldo7.net / uefa.com

Cristiano Ronaldo and Irina Shayk smiling, at the UEFA Best Player in Europe 2012-2013 gala

Cristiano Ronaldo, Andrés Iniesta and Lionel Messi, at the UEFA Best Player in Europe 2011-2012 gala and ceremony

Andrés Iniesta surrounded by four Real Madrid players, in a Real Madrid vs Barcelona Clasico game, in 2012

Andrés Iniesta holding the UEFA Best Player in Europe 2011-2012 award

Andrés Iniesta winning the UEFA Best Player in Europe trophy, in 2012

Football wallpaper with kids wearing Rooney, Ronaldo, Kaká and Lionel Messi's shirts and jerseys

Frank Lampard holding the UEFA Champions League trophy, with Melanie Winiger looking at him, in 2012

Andrés Iniesta saluting Messi, after he won the award for the Best Player in Europe, in 2012

Irina Shayk, in a white hot dress, at the UEFA Best Player in Europe award ceremony, in 2012

Irina Shayk looking nervous and biting her nails, as she waits for her boyfriend Ronaldo, at the UEFA awards ceremony

Irina Shayk showing her boobs from her sexy cleavage, as she tells Cristiano Ronaldo a secret, at the UEFA gala, in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, next to each other and dressed in black suits, at the UEFA awards ceremony, in 2012

Melanie Winiger, TV host and former Miss Switzerland, at the UEFA gala awards ceremony, in 2012

Messi kissing Iniesta, with Ronaldo looking upset, at the UEFA Best Player in Europe 2012, awards ceremony

Real Madrid players celebrating the Spanish Supercup, by diving on the field, in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi, in a game between Real Madrid and Barcelona, in 2012-2013

Cristiano Ronaldo wallpaper for the UEFA Champions League group stage, in 2012-2013

Cristiano Ronaldo with Irina Shayk, Lionel Messi and Iniesta, at the UEFA gala in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi answering questions from Melanie Winiger, in 2012

Lionel Messi giving a gay kiss on Andrés Iniesta's neck, with Ronaldo ignoring, in 2012

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