Ronaldo is hoping to make it a hat-trick of awards in the Best Men's Player category, having won the title in each of the two previous years, and this time round finds himself up against former Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric and Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah.
Ope: Surely the World Cup was never considered in handing the no.1 jersey to De Gea! Although he scored two goals in his return from a shoulder injury for winless Egypt, he was embroiled in controversy after posing with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov during training camp and took issue with the Egyptian FA. It is for my Real Madrid team-mates, the Croatia national team and all my coaches.
Both Messi and Ronaldo were named in the FIFPro World XI but neither were in London to collect their prizes.
Modric was voted FIFA's best player in the 2017-18 season after winning the Champions League for a fourth time in five seasons with Real Madrid and leading Croatia to its first World Cup final where it lost to France. "Hopefully we can be the same for next generations".
This year's victor was a physical goal by Salah against Liverpool's crosstown rivals Everton.
Interestingly Thibaut Courtois - who changed tack and thanked both his current club Real Madrid and former team Chelsea, from whom he left under a slightly dark cloud - won Best Goalkeeper, but was excluded from the overall "dream team".
Luka Modric Didier Deschamps and Marta pose with their awards
"I'm very happy and very proud, thank you everyone who voted for me", he continued. He has adjudged the best player at the tournament in Russian Federation.
France boss Didier Deschamps picked up the best manager award after guiding his nation to their second World Cup victory.
While Luka Modric, who scoped the top prize, and Mohamed Salah attended, their rivals were rebuked by several top figures for their absence.
This is the third edition of the Best Fifa Football Awards, set up after Fifa ended its association with the Ballon d'Or award.
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.
A list of 15 nominees will be selected by France Football and a panel of global journalists will vote on a victor.