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How much does the World Cup trophy weigh? Characteristics, history and design

The World Cup trophy might be the most recognizable and desired award on the planet. It’s design, far from traditional.

The World Cup trophy might be the most recognizable award on the planet and desired. A design, unlike traditional trophies.
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The World Cup trophy might be the most recognizable award on the planet. Football history has had two World Cup trophies: the first, used from 1930 to 1970, was originally called Victory but was changed in honor of Jules Rimet, the third president of FIFA. Jules Rimet held the record for the longest tenure (33 years).

Gold-plated sterling silver and lapis lazuli were used to create the Jules Rimet trophy. Its design included Nike, the Greek goddess of Victory. French artist Abel Lafleur was responsible for its creation. The award was 14 inches tall (35 cm) and 8.4 pounds (3.9 kg) (3.80 kg).

Brazil owner of the Jules Rimet and a new trophy was born

The trophy was finally retired after Brazil’s third World Cup victory in 1970. Brazil was granted permanent possession of the trophy after its Victory in Mexico, as per Jules Rimet’s designs.

FIFA needed a new trophy after Brazil retained the previous one. So the organization issued a call for suggestions, and fifty-three sculptors from seven nations responded. FIFA ultimately decided to use the design of Italian artist Silvio Gazzaniga for their new World Cup trophy.

It was created in 1971 by Bertoni, Milano, a Milan-based producer of medals and trophies. The image on the newest celebrity award shows two people hoisting the planet over their heads.

The World Cup gold trophy measures 14.4 inches (36.5 cm) tall and weighs 13.61 pounds (6.175 kg) of 18-carat gold. It sits atop a malachite base that is 5.1 inches (13 cm) in diameter. The World Cup trophy was valued at US$161,000 in 2018.

Every time a World Cup is held, the winning team’s name and the winning year are inscribed on the base. These inscriptions are written in the winning nation’s native tongue.

The new trophy will probably be retired after the 2038 World Cup and can carry up to seventeen names and years. Unlike the Rimet Cup, which was transferred from the winning country to the next, this one belongs to FIFA permanently.


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