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.
Here's how Liverpool fans reacted to Salah coming away with the prize...
Best men's Coach: Men's Coach award was won by World Cup victor Didier Deschamps, he was presented the award by compatriot and former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger.
'I voted for Luka Modric, but Mo Salah is my friend so I would like him to win, ' the Belgian admitted on the red carpet.
FIFA Fair play award: Presented by Pierluigi Collina and Paolo Maldini, the award was won by Lennart Thy.
Mohamed Salah took the 2017/18 Puskás Award at FIFA's The Best Ceremony in London on Monday everning.
Messi is not among the three finalists of this year's The Best FIFA Men's Player award, and he will not head to London for personal reasons. Ronaldo also scored a memorable hat-trick in the FIFA World Cup but did not progress beyond the round of 16.
Real Madrid's Thibaut Courtois was voted the best goalkeeper. That is why Modric has the better chance of winning the award by the virtue of his silver medal from the Federation Internationale de Football Association world cup in Russia.
Messi could only finish fifth with 9.81% behind Kylian Mbappe (10.52%).
Brazil's Marta was crowned best women's player for a record sixth time for her role in winning the Copa America to beat out Lyon duo Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Marozsan.