Salah, who is the first Premier League player to make the three-man shortlist since the award's inception after the 2010/11 season, is also the first African to be nominated.
His former team-mate in Madrid, Modric, was a World Cup runner-up with Croatia and the victor of the FIFA Golden Ball.
What all eye-balls have been waiting for is actually out, yes, of course, we are talking about the much-hyped nominations for this years UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award.
Salah scored an awesome 44 goals in his debut season at Liverpool, leading the side to the final of the Champions League.
Ronaldo had a mixed campaign by his own high standards last term, despite finishing top of the Champions League scoring charts with 15 goals.
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Modric, also part of Madrid's Champions League winning team, finished runner-up with Croatia at the World Cup, winning the best player award at the tournament in Russian Federation.
The award recognises the top players featuring for a club within the territory of a UEFA member association during the past season.
It may have been a record 13th win in the Champions League for Real but Ronaldo couldn't win La Liga for Madrid, who finished a distant third last season behind Lionel Messi's Barcelona, with seventeen points between the pair.
The victor will be announced August 30 at the 2018-19 Champions League group stage draw.
Other players who could consider themselves unfortunate not to have made the list include World Cup victor Kylian Mbappe and Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne, with their lack of success in the Champions League again possibly a factor.