London is hosting the FIFA "The Best" gala and the football organization have blasted both Lionel Messi and Ronaldo for their absence at the award show, claiming they are discrediting football without even realizing it.
The Best FIFA Men's Player 2018 will be revealed at a ceremony in London on Monday night.
Ronaldo and Messi had won every FIFA World Player of the Year award, which was renamed the FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2010 and The Best in 2016, since 2007 when Kaka was victorious.
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.
France's World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps is favourite to win the best coach award ahead of Dalic and former Real coach Zinedine Zidane, who stepped down in June after overseeing three Champions League triumphs in just two and a half years in charge.
Salah on his part set a new Premier League goals record last term and also powered the Reds to their first UCL final in 11 years. The reigning champions on Wednesday will face Bologna in their Italian Serie A match.
Mohamed Salah wins the FIFA Puskas award for his goal against Everton at Anfield last season.
The best goalkeeper prize is to be contested by France captain Hugo Lloris, Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel and Belgium's Thibaut Courtois, whose World Cup heroics earned him a move to Madrid from Chelsea.