Looking dapper in their suits, they stopped by at the green carpet to take a snap shot before heading into the hall for the event proper.
Dangote on his part has shown interest in buying over Premier League side Arsenal but the opportunity is yet to present itself.
The midfielder led his national team to their first ever World Cup final in Russian Federation this year but lost 4-2 to eventual winners France in July.
Brazil's Marta collected her sixth women's player of the year award, but her first since 2010 after finishing as runner-up on three occasions during the intervening years, while former Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois was named goalkeeper of the year.
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And Jack Wilshere, who joined the Hammers from Arsenal in the summer, is sidelined with an ankle problem. Arnautovic was West Ham's top scorer last season, and registered a goal and an assist at Goodison Park.
"I'm very happy and very proud", he said at the podium.
Ronaldo's blast was marked for the improbable levitation achieved by the striker from distance, while Bale's broke open a tense 1-1 draw in the second half of the Champions League final against Liverpool.
The pair made it onto the FIFPro Team of the Year but neither were there to pick up their trophies for the honour. It is my teammates from Real Madrid and Croatia. Modric was joined by Sergio Ramos, Ronaldo and Marcelo. Olympique Lyonnais women's team manager Reynald Pedros won best women's coach.
Ronaldo, the victor of the award the previous two years, finished second to Modric.
The awards were held for the third year running after football's governing body ended its six-year association with the Ballon d'Or.
The nominees were voted for by national team coaches (25%), national team captains (25%), select media representatives (25%) and via an online vote (25%).