His season ended in disappointment after a challenge from Sergio Ramos forced him off early in the Champions League final, with the injury keeping him out of the opening game of Egypt's unsuccessful World Cup campaign. He has also won the award on three occasions compared to Messi's two. Modric, who has been winning hearts at Bernabeu with his top-notch performances also stands tall as the runner-up at FIFA World Cup and the best player of the megaevent as well.
Three France players were in the top 10: Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid was fourth, Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain was sixth and Raphael Varane of Real Madrid was eighth.
Ronaldo, now with Juventus, has won the UEFA award each time Madrid has been European champion since the vote was introduced in 2011. 34 of his goals came in 36 appearances in La Liga whilst he netted six times in ten Champions League matches, whilst contributing 18 assists from those 45 matches.
With Mohammed Salah and Luka Modric making up the three-man short-list, the pair also played in the UEFA Champions League, although Modric was also named the Golden Ball victor in this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.
Uefa also revealed the nominees for team of the year, with Alisson Becker, Gianluigi Buffon and Keylor Navas between the sticks.
UEFA have announced their final shortlists for the Men's and Women's Player of the Year awards, with Lionel Messi missing the cut.
The three players who received the most points overall from this voting procedure, in alphabetical order, are: Pernille Harder (Denmark - VfL Wolfsburg), Ada Hegerberg (Norway - Olympique Lyonnais), Amandine Henry (France - Olympique Lyonnais).