The current World Cup trophy weighs 6.175 kilograms of which 75%, or 5 kg, are made of 18 karat gold. In terms of measurements, it measures 14.4 inches (36.8 cm).
Until 1970, the best soccer teams in the world competed for the Jules Rimet Trophy (in honor of the former FIFA president) and designed by Abel Lafleur. It was represented by the Greek goddess Nike. Holding a chalice with a decagonal cut carved in sterling silver plated with gold and lapis lazuli. The specimen had 14 inches (35.5 cm), and a weight of 3.8 kilograms. This trophy was awarded to the Brazilian team. After being crowned three-time champion in 1970, after being stipulated by FIFA.
The current trophy was designed by Italian Silvio Gazzaniga, is 36.8 cm high with a 13 cm diameter base, and the World Cup trophy weighs 5 kilograms in pure gold out of a total of 6.142 kilograms. Its modern three-dimensional design made of gold and malachite represents two athletes with raised arms holding the globe.
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How much is the World Cup worth
No exact value is given to this trophy. But according to some experts, mainly for the 75% pure gold that constitutes. It would be valued at almost 150,000 euros.
This version was created for the 1974 edition, in addition to the 5 kg of 18-carat gold. Also has two malachite crowns and semi-precious stones embedded in its base. Where the names of the countries that have won the famous trophy since then remain engraved.
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The Juliet Rimes Cup has had a very turbulent history. It’s beginning with its stay in a box hidden under a bed during WWII. Then in 1966 it was stolen during an exhibition in England, later found by a Scotland Yard hound dog in a suburban garden.
After Brazil was credited with the absolute ownership of the trophy, after having won the third championship in 1970. It was stolen again in 1983, but this time in Rio de Janeiro. A year later it was known that the valuable piece was cast by the thieves, who were arrested.
New FIFA regulations state that the original World Cup trophy remains the property of the governing body of football and that it will no longer be awarded to the champion team. Instead, the winning country will be entitled to a gold-plated replica. Which does not change the memory of its prestigious coronation and which represents the same sporting value as the original trophy.