The 22nd Fifa World Cup, held in Qatar, came to a triumphant end last night in what will surely go down as one of the best World Cup finals of all time.
Argentina defeated France in penalty kicks and we saw them lift the trophy for the third time, after waiting nearly fourty years since their last title in 1986.
With its resplendent and striking appearance, the Fifa World Cup trophy has come to symbolise the pinnacle of the most popular sport on earth. But what do we know about it? Is it really made of gold? And how much is it worth?
The Current Fifa World Cup Trophy
Standing at 36.5cm tall, the current Fifa World Cup Trophy is made of of 30,875 carats of 18 karat gold. It has a base of 13cm, which features two strips of malachite – one of the most powerful transformational crystals in the mineral kingdom.
Back in 2018, the amount of gold that makes up most of the Fifa World Cup trophy was valued at approximately $161,000. With that mind, our experts estimate the prestigious trophy to be worth $1,000,000.
The winners of each tournament receive a bronze replica, which is gold plated rather than solid gold.
The Jules Rimet Trophy
Over the years, there have been two iterations of the trophy. The original – the Jules Rimet Trophy – was in place from 1930 to 1970.
Following their success at the 1970 World Cup, winners Brazil were allowed to permanently retain the Jules Rimet Trophy to celebrate them becoming the first country in the history of the competition to become three-time champions. Unfortunately, the trophy was later stolen ahead of the 1966 World Cup in England.
The current trophy took its place at the next tournament in 1974.
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