2015-16 Champions League draw: Messi named Europe's top player

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  • Lionel Messi named Europe's top player
  • Barcelona to begin Champions League defense
  • Real Madrid faces PSG following group draw

(CNN)Lionel Messi will kick off Barcelona's Champions League title defense with yet another award to his name, having been named Europe's top player for 2015.

The Argentine won it for the first time since 2011, heading off clubmate Luis Suarez and last year's winner Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid after Thursday's group-stage draw.
Barcelona, seeking to win European football's top prize for the sixth time, will take on Italy's Roma, Germany's Bayer Leverkusen and BATE Borisov of Belarus in Group E.
    Messi and Ronaldo share the tournament's scoring record on 77 goals.
    Ronaldo's Real, which won a long-awaited 10th title in 2014, faces French champion Paris St. Germain -- beaten by Barcelona in last season's quarterfinals.
    PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will have an emotional return to his hometown club Malmo, after getting the draw he had hoped for earlier on Twitter.
    "It will be fun for Zlatan to come back home," said the Swedish club's assistant coach Olof Persson.
    "It'll be fantastic for the fans to see him and the other stars. I think he will be welcomed the way he always is when he comes home -- like the king of Malmo that he is."
    Italian champion Juventus, which lost 3-1 in June's final in Berlin, was drawn in Group D with English club Manchester City, Spain's Sevilla and Borussia Monchengladbach of Germany.
    Juve and Roma will be hoping to reach a home final on May 28, to be played at Milan's San Siro stadium.
    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will face Porto, the Portuguese club where he made his name by winning the tournament in 2004.