Fabio Capello says Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's absence at FIFA's The Best awards showed a lack of respect from the pair.
"It's a lack of respect," Capello, who used to manage Real Madrid, told TVE in Spain. "You have to be here when you win and when you lose."
FIFA says the pair "discredited football" by not showing up.
"They don't realise, the one affected is the sport and then them."
Ronaldo's former teammate, Sergio Ramos, said it would have been nice if the pair attended.