What Is The World Cup Trophy Called, How Much Gold Is In It, And Where Is The Original Cup?

After two years of qualification rounds, 32 sides head to the finals dreaming of lifting the iconic trophy on July 15.

What is the World Cup trophy called?

It might be a bit dull, but the current trophy is called the FIFA World Cup Trophy.

Used since 1974, it has been lifted by Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo among many others and weighs in at a hefty 6.2kg.

FIFA’s regulations now state that the trophy, unlike its predecessor, cannot be won outright, with the winners of the tournament receiving a bronze replica.

How much gold is in it?

Solid gold, the trophy depicts two figures holding up the world.

With the base removed, it still weighs over 5kg and the gold is 18-carat, worth around £121,000.

It was designed by Italian artist Silvio Gazzaniga and beat of competition from 53 other submissions.

Where is the original World Cup trophy?

The original was called the Jules Rimet Trophy and was used between 1930 and 1970.

Called Victory before 1946, it was renamed in honour of Fifa president Jules Rimet who initiated the competition back in 1929.

Famously stolen in 1966 and then found by Pickles the dog, Bobby Moore lifted the trophy in England’s only World Cup triumph.

Rimet had stipulated before his death that if a team won the tournament three times they could keep the gong – and Brazil managed to achieve that feat in 1970.

Sadly the trophy was stolen again in 1983 and it is widely believed that the thieves melted it down.

Culled: Sun UK