If Ronaldo wins on 24 September, it will his sixth Federation Internationale de Football Association award.
The World Cup features heavily, with Russia's Denis Cheryshev, France's Benjamin Pavard and Ronaldo's global team-mate Ricardo Quaresma nominated for providing three of the champagne moments of Russian Federation 2018.
With FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi recently speaking about how he thinks Real Madrid are likely to be weaker without Cristiano Ronaldo, Los Blancos' manager has now responded to his comments.
Salah's strike in last December's Merseyside derby also makes the shortlist, with FIFA.com users voting for the victor.
Hampered by injury, he made little impact at the World Cup as his country went out in the group stage. "I came here at 13 and I've had my whole life here".
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Even so, Barcelona won the domestic double last season, despite losing out to Roma in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is full of praise for Liverpool's team spirit.
The best goalkeeper prize is to be contested by Tottenham and France's Hugo Lloris, Denmark and Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel and Belgium and Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, formerly of Chelsea.
Before Messi's inaugural triumph in 2004-05, the club had not won the tournament since it was rebranded as the Champions League from the European Cup, last notching up the title in 1991-92 against Sampdoria at Wembley Stadium.
The Egyptian led Liverpool to the Champions League final before cruelly suffering an injury early on in Kiev against Madrid that also limited his participation at the World Cup. Ever since, he has been nominated as part of the shortlist, winning 5 times.
Reynold Pedros of Lyon, Japan boss Asako Takakura and Netherlands coach Sarina Wiegman are in the running for best women's coach.