Explained Who Can Touch The World Cup Trophy And FIFA Rules

Explained Who Can Touch The World Cup Trophy And FIFA Rules

Everything you need to know about the FIFA World Cup Trophy, including its price, and handling rules along with who can touch it

The 2022 FIFA World Cup, one of the world’s biggest sporting events, concluded on December 18. Argentina won the World Cup after defeating France 4-2 on penalties at the iconic Lusail Stadium. Argentina had to wait 36 years for the World Cup to return to its country. Lionel Messi finally gets his hands on the trophy that was missing from his cabin for a long time.

Who Can Touch The World Cup Trophy And FIFA Rules

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Argentina and Lionel Messi now have the 18-carat coveted trophy. But do you know, FIFA has strict restrictions in terms of handling and who can touch it? In this article, we will try to understand the FIFA guidelines that govern trophy handling and who is permitted to touch it.

What are the FIFA Rules that govern trophy handling and who is permitted to touch it?

The World Cup is football’s biggest tournament, with teams from all around the world competing for the 18-carat coveted cup. Every four years, the trophy is maintained under 24-hour tight security, and only an incredibly exclusive group of individuals, including tournament-winning players and coaches, head of state, and FIFA officials, are permitted to touch it with their bare hands. The trophy was unveiled at the 2022 FIFA World Cup final by Indian actress Deepika Padukone and was escorted to the ground by Iker Casillas.

How much is the FIFA World Cup trophy worth?

The FIFA World Cup trophy is made up of 18-carat gold and is estimated to be worth around 420 million. It is one of the most expensive trophies in the world and FIFA has set strict rules for it. During the transportation of the trophy, the handler is not allowed to touch it with bare hands and requires gloves to wear.

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Is the winning team handed the original trophy?

Initially, the winning captain receives the original trophy, which the players are permitted to touch and celebrate with on the field and in the locker room. The original $20 million trophy is then returned, and the winning team is presented with a gold-plated replica of the FIFA World Cup trophy. The replica can be kept by the winning team’s national football association.

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