'Fake or real gold?'- Components of the World Cup trophy [Photos]

FIFA World Cup trophy.

'Fake or real gold?'- Components of the World Cup trophy [Photos]

Fabian Simiyu 13:18 - 14.11.2022

The FIFA World Cup trophy is the most precious silverware in the world and it is estimated to be worth Sh2.4Billion.

The current FIFA World Cup trophy is the second creation of the original trophy and it was initially called the Jules Rimet Cup who is believed to be the founding father of the World Cup competition.

The current trophy is gold plated and it has been stolen twice due to its value both in 1966 and 1983 respectively. Of the two incidences, it was only recovered once in 1966 in England through the help of a dog.

The World Cup trophy weighs 6.175kg despite being hollow at the centre. It looks light when seen on an image.

A Germany player lifts the FIFA World Cup on November 8, 2022.

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The trophy measures 36.8cm high by 12.5cm wide. It is also made up of 18-carat gold (750 fineness). For the doubting Thomas, the trophy is made up of pure gold.

The World Cup tournament is held after every four years and irrespective of which country emerges victorious in the finals, no one goes home with the original gold-plated trophy.

A replica of the trophy which is made up of bronze is usually handed to the winning team as the trophy is taken back into the custody of FIFA.

The original FIFA World Cup trophy is normally stored at the World Football Museum in Zurich under high surveillance to avoid a repetition of what happened in 1966 and 1983. 

FIFA World Cup Trophy tour in Serbia, Belgrade Belexpo hall on September 20, 2022.

Jules Rimet Trophy winners

Brazil – 1958, 1962, 1970

Uruguay – 1930, 1950

Italy – 1934, 1938

West Germany – 1954

England – 1966

FIFA World Cup Trophy

Germany – 1974, 1990, 2014

Argentina – 1978, 1986

Italy – 1982, 2006

Brazil – 1994, 2002

France – 1998, 2018

Spain – 2010

Gerd Mueller lifts the World Cup trophy after West Germany beat the Netherlands in the 1974 final in Munich.
France's forward Kylian Mbappe kisses the World Cup trophy after the Russia 2018 World Cup final.
FIFA World Cup trophy at the exhibition in Brazil on October 31, 2022.
FIFA World Cup trophy as seen behind a glass on October 31, 2022.
FIFA ambassador and two-time world champion, former side Cafu, visits the exhibition of the original World Cup cup at an event at Maracana Stadium on October 21, 2022.