There was some consolation for Messi as his World Cup goal against Nigeria made the list.
Federation Internationale de Football Association has announced the official three-man shortlist for the award and snubbed superstar Lionel Messi.
Lopetegui agreed to join Real while still Spain coach and was sacked by the Federation on the eve of the World Cup for his decision.
Since then Real Madrid have won it three times on the trot with Ronaldo very much orchestrating those successes.
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Cristiano Ronaldo is in the top 10 thanks to his overhead kick against Juventus for former club Real Madrid.
And even when he did win, he did so purely on the merit of leading Real Madrid to the Champions League title.
Salah's strike in last December's Merseyside derby also makes the shortlist, with FIFA.com users voting for the victor.
Fifa's women's player of the year finalists include Brazil's Marta (Vieira da Silva) and Olympique Lyonnais teammates Ada Hegerberg, a striker with Norway, and German captain Dzsenifer Marozsan. On the other hand, his mate during Real Madrid days, Modric makes it to the Final 3 with getting the Champions League victor tag and of course the runner-up at this years' FIFA World Cup. Pep Guardiola of Manchester City was not shortlisted.
The three coaches bidding for the women's game award are Asako Takakura, who led Japan to the Asian Games title last week, Reynald Pedros of France and Sarina Wiegman of the Netherlands.