Both Messi and Ronaldo have won FIFA's award in different guises five times each, and the Portuguese can move out on his own after winning a third straight Champions League title with Real Madrid before heading for pastures new with Juventus in July.
'It was the best season of my life, I'm very happy to be here tonight, ' Modric said on the red carpet. There will be a total of nine categories including the best manager and the best goalkeeper awards.
Salah received the Puskas award for the best goal, for his effort against Everton in the Premier League at Anfield last December.
Football's world governing body then introduced the Best Fifa Football Awards, with Portugal worldwide Ronaldo the first recipient of its main prize in January 2017.
However, neither's accomplishments were enough to take home the prize, with Ronaldo missing the event as Juventus are preparing for a match against Bologna on Wednesday.
During the voting period from August 7, 2017 to May 24, 2018, Kerr led the Matildas to an all-time high world ranking (fourth), helped them make the final of the Asian Cup, and chalked up two wins against Marta's Brazil.
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In an evening sprinkled by show business, with star of small and large screen Idris Elba hosting proceedings, it was a heart-warming story fit for Hollywood that saw the FIFA Fair Play Award handed to Lennart Thy.
The award were presented at this season's Champions League group-stage draw. Without my family I would not be the player I am today. Though a female has yet to win the award, Irish professional Stephanie Roche was shortlisted to the top three in 2014.
Belgian Thibaut Courtois, a recent Real Madrid transfer from Chelsea, won the best goalkeeper award.
Ronaldo and Messi boast 10 Ballon d'Or titles between them, but could find their stranglehold over the top individual honors broken this time around, at least if the recent UEFA Player of the Year award is anything to go by.
The nominees were voted for by national team coaches (25%), national team captains (25%), select media representatives (25%) and via an online vote (25%).