What are the top and most valuable soccer trophies in the world?
This question must have popped up in the minds of sports fact finders or football enthusiasts who had no prior knowledge of which trophy is more valuable or comes after the other in terms of significance.
It’s glaring that football is by far the most popular, most followed, and money-spinning sport in the world. It’s a multi-billion-dollar industry in the European continent alone.
Everywhere you go, be it city or suburbs, you’d find people playing the beautiful game of football but the best players doing it at the highest level are made of something special.
The rewards are just as magnificent as the players who play to get those rewards. Meanwhile, some trophies are more valuable because of the magnitude of participants and the monetary value they carry.
These are the top ten most valuable and competitive trophies in the world.
1. FIFA WORLD CUP TROPHY
For obvious reasons, this is the number one football competition across the globe. The FIFA world cup is highly revered and the most sought-after trophy by many nations in the world.
The pride, joy, prestige, importance, and accomplishment the winning country gets from hoisting this trophy must be an incredible feeling. The spread of healthy waves and happiness throughout that nation will be on another level.
When a team from a country wins this trophy, it effortlessly breeds unity for the whole country they represent, it’s not just them (players) that are happy for the achievement but the whole country back home. It has been proven, A world cup triumph can unite a country.
The world cup tournament was officially created in 1930. It’s a tournament scheduled to be held in 4-year intervals. The world cup wasn’t held in 1942 and 1946 due to world War 2 interruption.
Only eight countries have won the tournament since 1930, Brazil have won it five times, Italy and Germany four times each, Argentina, France, and Uruguay have won it twice, Spain and England have won it once.
2. UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
The UEFA Champions League is a money-spinning competition being anchored by the European football governing body. It’s a football competition for top and elite clubs across European leagues.
The participants are top clubs in Europe. Some clubs qualify for the competition automatically while some go through a series of playoffs before they feature.
Presently, the top three clubs in the English Premier league get a direct slot into the group stage of the competition while. The UEFA Champions League is considered the most-watched football competition in the world.
The trophy is nicknamed the “big ears” because of its big handle. The UCL is a competition that guarantees billions of spectators because of the caliber of clubs representing their leagues. The most successful club in the competition is Real Madrid, They have won it 13 times
When a club wins this UCL trophy, they also engrave the titleholder’s badge on their kit in the following season’s UCL competition, and this oozes a sense of pride.
3. UEFA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY
This trophy is commonly and widely known as “the Euros”. It’s a competitive tournament that takes place every four years just like the world cup. Although It’s usually held two years out of sync with the world cup Mundial.
Just like the world cup whose participating countries must go through qualifiers, the European championship is no different. 24 European countries qualify for the Euro. The slated 2020 Euros was held in 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Italy defeated Three lions on penalties shoot out in July to clinch the rescheduled European Championships.
The competition is named after an icon named “Henri Delaunay” the first General Secretary of UEFA. He’s the one who conceptualized the idea of the European championship but died five years before the inauguration of the tournament in 1960.’
4. COPA AMERICA
The inaugural competition of Copa America took place in Argentina in 1916. Interestingly, Copa America is the longest-standing continental football competition in history.
Just like the European Championships, the competition involves countries associated with the CONMEBOL; Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela, and two other invited nations.
In recent times, nine countries have received invitations: Costa Rica (1997, 2001, 2004, 2011, 2016), Honduras (2001), Japan (1999, 2019), Jamaica (2015, 2016), Mexico (1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2016), Haiti (2016), Panama (2016), the United States (1993, 1995, 2007, 2016) and Qatar (2019).
Due to COVID-19 interruption, the competition that was scheduled to be played in 2020 was moved to June/July 2021. The Albiceleste of Argentina edged Brazil by 1-0 in the final. Uruguay and Argentina are the most successful Copa America countries.
The Selecao of Brazil have nine. other former champions are Paraguay, Peru, and Chile, with two titles each, and Bolivia, and Colombia, who have won one each.
5. FA CUP
The FA Cup is the oldest and longest-standing football association competition in the world. It was organized and established by the Football Association in July 1871. it’s a yearly knockout competition that involves clubs from the premier league, right down to the fifth-tier division in England.
The competition is best known for its intrigues and “giant killings”. Giant killing is when a small club from the lower divisions beatS all the odds and knockS out a big club with far greater resources and experienced players than their own.
According to the history book, The original FA Cup trophy was stolen in 1895 whilst held by Aston Villa and was never seen again till today. An identical was carved to replace the original, but a new design was forged to replace it in 1911.
Without much alterations, the design is still the same today. Meanwhile, a replica was created in 1992 and was given to the clubs in case anything happens to the original. The original FA Cup of 1911 was valued at £1 million on Antiques Roadshow in 2016.
6. PREMIER LEAGUE TROPHY
Without mincing words or blowing things out of proportion, the English premier league is the most-watched and followed football tournament in the whole world.
Their organization, publicity, and methods always make the league alluring. Despite changing the league name in 1992, only seven clubs have won the English premier league!
These are Manchester United (13), Chelsea (5), Manchester City (4), Arsenal (3), Liverpool (1), Blackburn Rovers (1), and Leicester City (1). The trophy is a special one. Its design was carved to be in tune with the Three Lions that are associated with English football.
The cup is solid sterling silver and on top of it lies a golden crown. Its base is a mold with malachite, and a silver band in its surroundings. The name of the winning club/winner is usually engraved on the trophy after the season
7. LA LIGA TROPHY
This is a Spanish National league tournament. 20 eligible and best clubs are allowed to feature and participate throughout the season just like the English league with 20 clubs. Over 38 rounds of league matches are to be played throughout the season, both home and away between August and May.
Just like any other league, eligible and qualifying clubs are to battle for the La Liga trophy.
The recent La Liga Cup has a vase shape. It has a ribbon and a blue band in the lower part of the trophy. The La Liga logo is also placed in the frontier part of the cup. Real Madrid are the most successful club in La Liga, they won it 34 times.
8. AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS
It is an organized tournament by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). It was first held in 1957. Since 1968, it has been held every two years, but the organizers switched it to an odd year in 2013. The Africa Cup of Nations involves the 24 best football nations in Africa.
The Pharaohs of Egypt are currently the most successful country in the cup of nations tournament, they’ve won the trophy 7 times. The cup is gold-plated. According to a report, it was made in Italy.
Algeria are current champions of the African nations cup hosted by Cameroon.
9. CONFEDERATIONS CUP
The Confederations Cup is a FIFA-organized football event that is usually held in the country that will host the World Cup Mundial the following year.
It’s an event that gives a glimpse of a world cup. The competition is between champions of each continent. For instance, the champions from Africa, South America, Europe, and other continents participate in the highly watched event.
It also gives a great opportunity to the countries or champions and participants to get to know their rivals before the Mundial.
The trophy is like a golden globe. The design is like the world cup trophy.
Germany was the last winner of the Confederation Cup in 2017.
10. COPA DEL REY
Of all the European football Cups, the Copa del Rey has one of the most beautiful features. Its simplistic design is fascinating. The silver design with a weight of 15kg and 75cm tall was first awarded to 2011 winner Real Madrid.
Sadly, the trophy was run over when it was dropped by Sergio Ramos from the top of a double-decker bus during post-game celebrations.
Barcelona is the recent and most winner of the trophy with 31, followed by Athletic Club Bilbao with 23 and Real Madrid in third with 19 Copa trophies. 14 Spanish clubs have won the trophy.
Kenneth is a an avid soccer follower, fan and writer. He is a consistent follower of the sport and is a fan of Chelsea FC.