Football refers to team sports that, in varying degrees, involve kicking a ball to score goals. In Qatar, the FIFA World Cup 2022 will span from November 20 to December 18. For the coveted title, around 32 teams from five confederations will compete. The tournament will be happening for the first time in Qatar in the Middle East. It will also be the first time the World Cup is happening outside June-July. However, along with FIFA World Cup, several other football trophies are worth crores. Here are the most expensive football trophies.
1. FIFA World Cup Trophy 2022
The FIFA World Cup is also just the World Cup. It is an international association football tournament. The senior men’s national teams of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association also compete in it. This is the global governing body for the sport. Since the first competition in 1930, it happens every four years. France, who won their second championship at the 2018 tournament in Russia, are the current champions. The FIFA World Cup trophy is the world’s most expensive football trophy in existence.
It is worth almost $20 million, or 165 crore Indian rupees. To make it, it takes 13.5 pounds of 18-karat gold. The late Italian artist Silvio Gazzaniga was the designer of the trophy, and it weighs 6.1 kg. It is hollow on the inside and features a figure of two people holding a globe. The trophy is the most expensive sports trophy in the world, not just in football. This year it will take place in Qatar from November 20 to December 18, 2022.
2. FA Cup Football Trophy
The FA Cup is the more popular name for the Football Association Challenge Cup. In men’s domestic English football, a knockout competition happens every year. Additionally, it is the world’s oldest national football competition and was first played in the 1871–1872 season. All qualifying clubs in the English football league structure up to Level 9 are eligible to participate in the competition. The FA Cup trophy, by English luxury brand Thomas Lyte, is worth about €1 million, which is also Rs 8 crore. The 61.5 cm tall trophy weighs 6.3 kg of pure 925 silver. The trophy’s construction took more than 250 hours. Moreover, Liverpool is the current owner of the trophy after defeating Chelsea in the 2022 championship game.
3. Ballon d’Or Football Trophy
Every year, the Ballon d’Or ceremony is the center of attention. The world’s top men’s and women’s football players are chosen here. The “Golden Ball” has been given to notable figures in football history every year since 1956. It is also a legendary trophy that has come to be associated with the best players the game has ever seen. The event has since developed into a glamorous award show that is seen worldwide. The French jewelry company Mellerio dits Meller designed the trophy. The gold-plated trophy is 28 centimeters in height and weighs 12 kilograms.
According to sources, it is engraved with the FIFA Ballon d’Or logo and is valued at approximately €508,000, or Rs. 4 crores. Ever since, the Ballon d’Or has been awarded every year except the 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event is now in its 66th year in 2022. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo ruled world football’s upper ranks from 2008 to 2021. In that period, they won every single Ballon d’Or award except one, which went to Luka Modric in 2018.
4. Africa Cup Of Nations Football Trophy
The main international men’s association football tournament in Africa is the Africa Cup of Nations or AFCON. It has been happening since 1957, and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) authorizes it. It happens every two years since 1968. Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia were the only three participating countries in the first competition in 1957. With seven championships, Egypt is the most successful country in the history of the cup.
Additionally, the first award was a silver version, which was the Abdelaziz Abdallah Salem Trophy. The Trophy of African Unity was the name of the second trophy, which was between 1980 and 2000. The trophy in use right now is an Italian-made cup with gold plating. It costs approximately Rs. 1.3 crore or €127,000. The winner of each edition does not get the original trophy.
5. Serie A Trophy
The Serie A is a professional league tournament for football clubs at the top of the Italian football league system. The winner also gets Coppa Campioni d’Italia and the Scudetto. It is a round-robin competition for more than 90 years since the 1929–30 season. One of the top football leagues in the world is Serie A. Moreover, it is the nation’s most tactically and defensively efficient league. Ettore Calvelli, a well-known sculptor, created the trophy. The 8-kilogram, 58-centimeter-tall trophy costs approximately €55,000, which is also Rs. 44 lakhs. The names of all winners are present on the trophy’s gold ring in the center. The Serie A trophy’s reigning champion is AC Milan.
These are the most expensive football trophies. All the FIFA World Cup 2022 matches will be live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD TV channels in India. Jio Cinema’s website and the app will also offer the live stream for no charge.