The 2018 FIFA World Cup is currently taking place in Russia, and all eyes will be cast towards Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium to see which team will lift the sport’s most coveted prize.
But how much is the most iconic trophy in world sport actually worth? Let’s take a closer look at the prize that defines a player's life.
The World Cup Trophy At A Glance
Up until 1970, the world’s best international soccer teams competed for the Jules Rimet Trophy, originally named “victory,” which depicted a 14in decagonal cup and the Greek goddess Nike. However, Brazil won that trophy for keeps following their third triumph overall, which subsequently resulted in the commission of the trophy that has been in use since 1974.
Over 50 sculptors had competed for that commission back in the early 1970s before it was awarded to Italian artist Silvio Gazzaniga. The 14.4in trophy weighs 5 kilograms while 75% of it is made from 18ct gold. The name of the winners is engraved on the base of the trophy, which is replaced every four years so that they can be spaced to accommodate the name of the new winner.
Arguments as to whether the trophy is solid or hollow are ongoing. However, it has been stated that a solid 18ct World Cup Trophy would weigh over ten times what it does so that probably clears things up. Even so, this is a truly magnificent trophy on an aesthetic level while its sporting value is even greater still.
When the trophy was designed three years prior to West Germany’s victory on home soil at World Cup ‘74, it was worth $50,000. As of 2018, it is believed to carry a material worth of around $160,000. However, the significance of the trophy means it is actually valued at $10m, but the feeling of actually winning it is priceless.
While the trophy isn’t for sale, that valuation confirms its place as the biggest prize in world sport. Much like Powerball currently holds the biggest lottery jackpot ever won!
Buying The World Cup Trophy
The genuine trophy might not be available for sale, but soccer fans can still get their hands on a replica of the trophy. A full-size replica, albeit not made from gold, will generally cost circa $200 depending on the exact materials and attention to detail.
Finding the money to buy the replica might not be overly difficult, but building a bank balance big enough to complete a hypothetical purchase of the real thing is almost as difficult as winning the title. That is, of course, unless you win the lottery.
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