The Most Expensive Sports Trophies

What a World Cup 2018 so far and it seems as though the world is in a football frenzy. The coveted trophy will be played for by more than 30 of the world’s top qualifying football nations, but only ONE will walk away holding their heads and the tournament trophy high.

Trophies signify achievement, just like winning the lottery and holding up the oversized winning cheque. Both are worth a massive amount of money and lives are changed forever.

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For those that have already played the lottery online, let’s take a look at these star-studded trophies of the world.

The value of these world-sporting trophies is much more than their worth in gold, as these legendary football players’ pour their blood and sweat into competing in some of these coveted cups, in an effort to be the last man (or men) standing and hoisting the cup high.  Let’s have a look at the actual cost and worth of some of the worlds’ most prestigious World cups or trophies:

World Cup Trophy

FIFA World Cup

In the 2018 FIFA World Cup taking place right now Russia, 32 soccer teams with some of the world's highest-paid athletes are vying for an esteemed prize: the FIFA World Cup Trophy. It was specially created by Italian artist Silvio Gazzaniga is worth an estimated $20 million.

It’s made up of 18-carat gold with a malachite base, and its design features two figures holding up the world on their shoulders. It stands 14.5 inches tall. At the end of the World Cup final match, the trophy is presented to the winning team, which then gets its country name engraved on the trophy's malachite base.

Stanley Cup

Stanley Cup Trophy

This magnificent cup with tiered rings and narrow bands inscribed on it weighs around 34 pounds. At around three feet tall it weighs 34 pounds!

As it’s a championship trophy awarded annually to the NHL (National Hockey League) playoff winners. The original cup was made of silver and stood at 7.28” and 11.42” in diameter.  The current cup is made of silver and nickel alloy and stands 35.32” and weighs 34.5lbs.  It has all the winning coaches, management, players and club staff engraved on the chalice.  Cost:  $650,000.

Champions League Trophy

European Champion Clubs’ Cup

Although the UEFA Champions League footballers’ trophy is kept within UEFA’s vaults since 2009, the Champions League winners are awarded a full-size replica trophy with their name engraved on it.  Looking at the trophy one can see why it was given the nickname ‘big ears’ as the design shape of the handles looks exactly like a pair of really big ears. The trophy was commissioned by Jorg Stadelmann, a jeweller in Switzerland.  The original trophy is comprised of silver, weighs 11 kg and is 74cm high. Cost: 10,000 Swiss francs.

World Super Bowl Trophy

World Super Bowl Trophy

This is a standing example of the world’s most expensive sports trophies as it costs $50,000. Named after Lombardi, this silver two feet tall trophy is shaped like a football with “Vince Lombardi” inscribed on the football. On the base of the trophy, it sports the NFL shield. The great part about this particular trophy is that every year a new one is made and presented to the winning team, thereby enabling the team to permanently have it in their possession.

Larry O'Brian NBA Championship Trophy

Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy

First designed and crafted by Tiffany & Co. in 1978, a new trophy is awarded to the NBA Finals champion team each year. The trophy stands 2 feet tall, is made of nearly 16 pounds of sterling silver with a 24-karat-gold overlay and resembles a life-size basketball falling into a net. At the end of the final championship game, the trophy is presented to the winning team but then returned to Tiffany & Co. for engraving. Eventually, the winning team gets the trophy back for keeps. Cost: $13,500.

Commissioner's Trophy

Commissioners’ Trophy

The Commissioners’ Trophy is another design from Tiffany & Co. and it includes 30 gold-plated flags that symbolize each Major League Baseball franchise. This stunning trophy weighs 30 pounds and is made of sterling silver. Cost: $15,000.

The Ashes Trophy

Ashes Trophy

The Ashes urn might be the smallest trophy in world sport, but its cricket’s biggest prize. England and Australian rivalry for the little urn date back to 1882 and although no one knows for sure what is in the pint-sized urn, these two teams take competing for it, extremely seriously.

Borg-Warner Trophy

Borg-Warner Trophy

The Borg-Warner is awarded to the race winner of the Indianapolis (Indy) 500.   Made of 110 pounds of sterling silver, the Borg-Warner Trophy originally cost $10,000 and is currently valued at $3.5 million. While most trophies have the winner's names engraved into them, the Borg-Warner trophy has the winners’ faces etched on the cup along with their names.  The cup is made of sterling silver and weighs 153 pounds as of its 2004 restoration with a larger base in place to accommodate more winners.  The overall trophy stands 5 feet, 4-3/4 inches tall. Guidelines for its creation stipulated that it must represent the spirit of world-class racing, be constructed of precious metal, and be of heroic proportions.

America's Cup Trophy

America’s Cup Trophy

America’s Cup Trophy is sailings ultimate prize. It was originally awarded by the 1851 Royal Yacht Squadron for a race around the Isle of Wight. It was later renamed America’s Cup and donated to the New York Yacht Club (NYYC).  It is hard to find out the exact worth of the actual trophy but with sailors spending within the millions to partake and make preparations for the boats – it’s definitely not an inexpensive endeavour, and even carries the nickname ‘The Billionaire Death race’.

Wimbledon Trophy

Wimbledon Trophy

The Wimbledon trophy is by far the most sought-after cups in tennis and in the world. The trophy stands at 18.5 inches in height and 7.5 inches in diameter and although its exact value is not known, players receive up to $34,500,000 as prize money for winning the tournament.

No matter what the cost of a trophy, they prove as a valued reminder to their winners of all the hard work and perseverance that has gone into preparation to finally achieve success. Their value is therefore immeasurable to the players involved.
 
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