How much money World Cup athletes really make

The Lombardi Trophy hoisted at the Super Bowl — that other football sport — is worth about $2,000. The Larry O’Brien Trophy that NBA great Michael Jordan kissed six times: $13,000. If you win a baseball World Series, you could pawn that glorious piece of metal for roughly $19,000. As for hockey’s Stanley Cup? Don’t drop it. You’re carrying more than $23,000 over your head. These jaw-dropping figures come to us courtesy of USA Today, who researched the value of these iconic emblems. As for the World Cup Trophy? It is far and away the most expensive. 

Created by Italian artist Silvio Gazzaniga, it has an estimated worth of $20 million, reported CNBC. It’s so valuable that past winners receive only a gold-plated replica. The award reportedly stands “about 14.5 inches tall, is made of 13.5 pounds of 18-carat gold and resembles two athletes raising their arms up in victory while holding up the world.” The winning country’s name is engraved on the base. 

Okay, okay, so the trophy itself doesn’t line a player’s pockets, but in a way, putting your hands on this thing is sure to give you the Midas touch. 

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