The world's most recognisable sporting trophy.
It’s only 36
.8 centimetres tall but it represents the pinnacle of any footballer’s career.
The FIFA World Cup Trophy was originally awarded in 1974 to West Germany, after the Jules Rimet Trophy – the tournament’s original prize – had been handed to Brazil in perpetuity following their third tournament victory.
The new trophy was created by Italian Silvio Gazzaniga, having been selected from 53 submissions from sculptors in seven countries.
Made of 18-carat gold, it has become one of the most recognisable sporting trophies in the world and is set to remain so, as it has space for 17 winning inscriptions – meaning it will be used up until the 2038 tournament at least.
FIFA no longer give three-time winning countries the trophy to keep, instead presenting the winning association with a gold-plated replica until the next tournament.