This year’s group stage draw was coupled with the awards ceremony for the second year in a row
The best goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward from the 2017/18 competition, which saw Real Madrid win the trophy once again after beating Liverpool in the final, were honoured during the event.
Real had a nominee in every position, while Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne were also given recognition from the Premier League. Here are all the winners of the awards handed out for their achievements last season…
UEFA President’s Award 2018
Winner: David Beckham
Awarded for outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities during their time in football. “It’s a long time since I was at an awards show like this,” said Beckham as he received his award.
On Manchester United’s treble winning season in 1999, he added: “Winning the treble was an incredible moment for me.”
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said the award was given as he “uses the power of football to help disadvantaged children”.
Champions League 17/18 goalkeeper of tournament
Winner: Keylor Navas (Keylor Navas)
Other nominees: Alisson Becker (Roma, now Liverpool), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, now Paris Saint-Germain).
Champions League 17/18 defender of tournament
Winner: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Other nominees: Marcelo (Real Madrid), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)