German forward Lennart Thy won the fair play award after missing a game for Dutchside VVV-Venlo to help a leukemia patient.
The presence of the Argentine and Portuguese aces at the award ceremony has been in the headlines days before the gala as a FIFA football award show without two of the greatest players in football history sounds ridiculous.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabian legend Sami Al-Jaber presented the award for Best Fans to a small contingent of Peruvians who represented the more than 40,000 compatriots who attended this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation, their country's first appearance in 36 years.
"I would change all my individual trophies for that trophy of World Cup champion", Modric said, reflecting on the 4-2 loss to France in the final in July.
Meanwhile, Brazil worldwide Marta was named as the best Female player of the year after winning the 2018 women's Copa America with her country.
Modric beats Ronaldo, Salah to Federation Internationale de Football Association best player award
The Portugal star was nominated after playing a vital part in a third successive Champions League title for Real Madrid last season.
The Croatian midfielder would also be presented with the night's top award, being named the Best FIFA Men's Player of 2018. It will be remembered, for sure, forever, ' said Modric after receiving his award.
He said of his future: "My thoughts have always been the same, I have never seen myself outside of Madrid".
Modric then turned his attention towards 26-year-old Salah, who was in attendance at the lavish awards ceremony while Juventus superstar Ronaldo stayed in Italy.
Salah´s goal for Liverpool against Merseyside rivals Everton in the Premier League won the Goal of the Year, which is voted for by fans, ahead of Gareth Bale´s spectacular overhead kick for Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
Lyon boss Reynald Pedros did win the award for best women's coach, though, after winning the Champions League with the French giants.
Thibaut Courtois added the Federation Internationale de Football Association goalkeeper award to the Golden Glove he collected in Russia for helping Belgium to third place with three clean sheets.