Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was the big winner on the evening, scooping the biggest individual honour but the absence of the global superstars provided a huge talking point.
FIFA reportedly claimed the pair who were named in the 12th successive World XI squad 'discredited football' by their decision not to attend the ceremony in London.
And former Real manager Fabio Capello echoed the sentiments after the glittering ceremony.
"It's a lack of respect," the Italian told TVE. "You have to be here when you win and when you lose.
"They don't realise, the one affected is the sport and then them."
Sergio Ramos, a former teammate of Ronaldo also shared his opinion, claiming it would have been 'nice' for them to have been in attendance.
"Cristiano is a good player, teammate and friend," he said. "It would have been nice if both he and Leo came."