Did World Cup winning manager Joachim Low really not pick Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Neymar in his top three for the 2015 Ballon d'Or?
Who made Gareth Bale their number one choice?
And which former Premier League star on the 23-man long list failed to win the backing of his brother?
BBC Sport analyses the votes by almost 500 national team captains, coaches and media representatives...
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Tactical voting by Messi and Ronaldo?
Argentina's Messi and Portugal's Ronaldo were each given a vote as the captain of their respective countries.
But, not for the first time, the two great rivals refused to name the other in their top three.
Messi picked Barca team-mates Luis Suarez, Neymar and Andres Iniesta, while Real Madrid's Ronaldo sided with his club colleagues Karim Benzema, James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale.
Brazil captain Neymar also showed loyalty to Barcelona, naming Messi, Suarez and Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic as his top three.
Another left-field choice from Hodgson?
England manager Roy Hodgson raised eyebrows last year when he voted for Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano to win the 2014 award and chose not to pick Messi or Ronaldo in his top three.
Hodgson plumped for a more conventional vote this year, but Messi did not impress everyone...
|Who the home nations coaches voted for|
|Roy Hodgson (England)||Cristiano Ronaldo||Lionel Messi||Eden Hazard|
|Gordon Strachan (Scotland)||Cristiano Ronaldo||Thomas Muller||Lionel Messi|
|Chris Coleman (Wales)||Gareth Bale||Cristiano Ronaldo||Eden Hazard|
|Michael O'Neill (Northern Ireland)||Luis Suarez||Robert Lewandowski||Lionel Messi|
|Who the home nations captains voted for|
|Wayne Rooney (England)||Lionel Messi||Thomas Muller||Cristiano Ronaldo|
|Scott Brown (Scotland)||Robert Lewandowski||Cristiano Ronaldo||Thomas Muller|
|Ashley Williams (Wales)||Gareth Bale||Lionel Messi||Robert Lewandowski|
|Steven Davis (Northern Ireland)||Lionel Messi||Cristiano Ronaldo||Neymar|
Who was the best of the British?
Unsurprisingly (as he was the only Briton in the 23-man long list), it was Wales forward Gareth Bale.
The Real Madrid player remains the world's most expensive player and had an excellent year in helping steer Wales to the Euro 2016 finals.
But he was only nominated as the world's best by four people, including his Wales captain Ashley Williams and coach Chris Coleman.
The Premier League struggles as Spain reigns
Remember when the Premier League was considered to have the world's best players? Not any more.
Five players from the English top-flight were eligible to receive votes, but not one received more than 1.3% of the share.
Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard led the way with 59 points in Fifa's voting system, ahead of Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez (53) and Manchester City trio Yaya Toure (40), Sergio Aguero (39) and Kevin de Bruyne (21).
For context, Messi received 1,666 points.
Pogba family values
Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba arrived at Monday's ceremony with his mother Yeo as his guest - surely the France international would receive the support of his older sibling in the all-important vote?
#BallondOr tops Twitter trending
Between midday and 20:00 GMT there were 1.3 million tweets using #BallondOr, which became the number one worldwide trend.
In contrast to Messi's 1.8 million, the term 'Ronaldo' featured 317,000 times during the same eight hours and upon winning the award, a new hashtag - #Messi5 - was used around 83,000 times in a little over an hour.
Referencing his five wins, #Messi5 was colourfully shared by Barcelona, with over 17,000 people re-tweeting this effort.