Smalling statement was on the club’s website “www.manutdfc.com” on Monday.
The much-rumoured plan was confirmed earlier on Tuesday by European Club Association President Andrea Agnelli at its general assembly.
The English FA said at the start of this month that it was carrying out a study into the feasibility of hosting the tournament
Ceferin said that friendly internationals failed to provide meaningful matches and that a new balance was needed between club and national team football.
Ronaldo, who won the award last season, helped Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League title and finished as the competition’s top scorer with 15 goals.
This became a necessity after they lost their two England international goalkeepers to injury. Nick Pope, who was part of England’s squad at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, suffered a dislocated shoulder last week.