Football is the most famous game in the world based on its fan base and popularity. Anywhere you go, you will find people either playing or supporting a given football club. It is a game that has united and employed many people. However, a trophy is a noble thing in the world of football. Every player has an intention of achieving the trophy at the end of a given season. A trophy represents the victory of a team having struggled to emerge at the top amongst the competitors. However, the question remains, what are the values of these football trophies? Here is a list of famous football trophies and their worth.
The top 3 expensive football trophies based on the ranking are:
- FIFA World Cup Trophy
- FA Cup Trophy
- Ballon d’Or Trophy
1. FIFA World Cup Trophy ($20,000,000)
This is the most expensive and highly-valued award among football clubs in the world. FIFA world cup brings the world to a standstill as the qualifying teams and fans head to a given country to watch the competition. FIFA world cup is played every four years hosting the top 32 national teams. The host country is decided by FIFA’s council.
The FIFA world cup trophy is about 14.5 inches tall. The cup weighs 6.1 kilograms and is made of 18-carat gold with bands. This trophy was designed and made by the Stabilimento Artistico Bertoni company in Italy. In its design, the trophy depicts the world being held up by two human figures.
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2. FA Cup Trophy ($1,180,000)
The Football Association (FA) challenge cup is more expensive compared to the Premier league cup. This is a men’s football knockout cup competition championed by the Eglish Football Association. Normally, the FA cup is competed for semi-professional teams. It was first presented to the FA Cup winners, Arsenal, after a 3-2 win on 17th May 2014.
The FA cup was supplied by Thomas Lyte and is made from 6.3 kilograms of sterling silver. It stands at 61.5cm. The commissioning of the FA Cup in 2013 is documented by FA as a historic moment by filming Thomas Lyte Silversmiths crafting the trophy.
3. Ballon d’Or Trophy ($600,000)
The Ballon d’Or Trophy is among the most expensive football trophies in the world. The trophy honours the best male player of the year. The best male player is normally decided by a vote cast by football journalists, coaches, and captains of national teams. Some of the players who have held the trophy in the past include Lionel Messi (6th award) and Luka Modric. The trophy was first awarded in 1956.
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The Ballon d’Or Trophy is made from Resin and it stands at 24cm tall.
4. Africa Cup of Nations Trophy ($150,000)
The Africa cup of Nations Trophy comes fourth on the list of football trophies based on its value. The trophy has evolved through three different versions, with the current version having been made in 2001. Cameroon was the first country to win this title.
The trophy is sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) since 1957. Only the top 24 national teams in Africa compete for this trophy.
5. Serie A Trophy ($66,000)
The trophy is also known as the Scudetto, meaning ‘small shield.’ Genoa C.F.C. was the first club to win this trophy. The most successful club is Juventus with 36 championships. This trophy is competed for by 20 teams from the Italian football champions.
6. The Bundesliga Trophy ($54,000)
This football trophy is awarded to the winner of the German league. The first club to receive this trophy was FC Köln in 1964. The trophy was designed and created by Elisabeth Treskow, an art professor in the Kölner Werkschulen. Since 1903, the names of all the German champions are immortalised on this trophy.
To allow further champions’ names to be engraved on the trophy, a silver ring with engraving plates was added to it in 1981. The Bundesliga trophy has a special design with five 71.98 carat tourmaline cabochons, encased in gold used in its manufacture.
7. European Championship Trophy ($15,000)
This trophy is also known as the Henri Delaunay trophy. It is awarded to the winner of the European Championship. The tournament was started in 1958, three years after the death of Delaunay, a French Football Federation’s Secretary-General.
Other known football trophies include:
- UEFA Champions League trophy ($10,000). This is awarded to the winner of the UEFA champions league since 1956.
- English Premier league trophy ($10,000). It is awarded to the seasonal winner of the league.