Both Alves and Eto'o, who have played alongside Messi in the past, have since voiced their opinions about the Barca talisman being snubbed for the main award.
"It's a great honor and attractive feeling to stand here with this incredible trophy", Modric said, after being presented the award by Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino.
Looking at Salah, Modric added: "I am sure in the future you will have another opportunity to fight for this trophy".
Salah did not go away empty-handed, however, as he picked up the Puskas award for best goal for his strike against Everton in the Merseyside derby last December.
"Leo, for us, will always be the best player in the world ever", the Cameroonian told FourFourTwo.
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Luka Modric picked up the award for The Best men's player in the world after helping Real Madrid to their third Champions League title in a row and also guiding Croatia to the World Cup final in Russian Federation before eventually falling to France in the decider. "So many people have come together and so many have supported me", said Modric. "I want to give congratulations to Mohamed and Cristiano for the great seasons they had".
There was a little more prominence given to the event by El Mundo Deportivo but their envoy to London wrote: 'The only reason to justify The Best going to the leader of the World Cup runners-up was that he also won the Champions League'.
It's Marta's first player of the year award since 2010, with the Brazilian star lighting up the pitch in the NWSL for the Orlando Pride.
Portugal global Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the close season, was second in this year´s awards with Liverpool´s Mohamed Salah in third place.
Real Madrid new boy Thibault Courtois was handed Best Goalkeeper for his performances for Chelsea a year ago, although was curiously beaten by Manchester United's Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea to a place in the Fifa All-Star Team. Without my coaches I would not have won this.