The mercurial Argentine has reclaimed football's most prestigious individual honour after losing out to Cristiano Ronaldo in the previous two seasons.
US media reports say the FBI has a new focus on Fifa supremo Sepp Blatter, but many are already asking who the next chief of Fifa will be.
Tuesday night's Fifa World Cup matches produced more drama after Mexico held Brazil to a 0-all draw, and South Korea keeping Russia at 1-1.
Choking with emotion after accepting his award, Cristiano Ronaldo has taken the Ballon d'Or title - a prize Lionel Messi has dominated for four years.
Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo has reconciled with Sepp Blatter after the Fifa president's hairdresser jibe.
The 25-year-old Lionel Messi has been named the world's best player for the fourth time in a row.
Croatia's Mario Mandzukic took his third goal of Euro 2012 to earn a 1-1 draw against Italy who let their rivals off the hook after taking the lead.
Fifa's ethics committee cleared president Sepp Blatter in soccer's bribery investigation on Sunday but temporarily suspended his former rival.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter said on Tuesday he would stand down in 2015 if he is re-elected for a fourth term in June.
Two Fifa executive committee members were banned and fined following an investigation into allegations they had offered to sell their vote.