SportsPro reports that the FIFA World Cup trophy has a value of over $10 million as of 2014. The trophy was sculpted by Italian Silvio Gazzaniga in 1971, and at that time, the trophy cost only $50,000 to make. The FIFA World Cup is played every four years, and the winning nation receives a gold-plated replica trophy. The real trophy remains with FIFA until the next tournament is played.
Although the FIFA World Cup trophy is quite significant and valuable in the world of sports, the actual melt value of the trophy is only a fraction of its total worth. In 2010, Cash4Gold estimated that the value of the gold once melted is $187,761. This is almost double the melt value of the trophy when the 2006 FIFA World Cup took place.
The FIFA World Cup trophy has a simple design of human figures around the base supporting the football in the form of the world at the top. According to FIFA, the 18-carat gold trophy is 14.5 inches high and weighs 13.61 pounds. On the bottom of the trophy, the year and winner of every tournament since 1974 is engraved. FIFA has taken out insurance on the trophy, but its true value likely exceeds the replacement cost.