Ranking the best football trophies in the world

The range of design across the most impressive football trophies in world football is now vast. Bowls, cups, plates, shields and chalices even, all feature in the most prominent. Scale is very much a factor when a governing body or association is selecting its trophy, particularly if they are looking for a stand-out or statement award. Commercial sponsorship also plays a part, as corporate logos are often now included in the design. Gone are the days, it seems, of understated football trophies such as the Jules Rimet cup awarded to the football World Cup winners up to the 1970 edition. Standing just 35 centimetres (14 in) high and weighing 3.8 kilograms (8.4 lb) this really was a tiny example compared to those awarded across the professional leagues in the modern era. You may well disagree with our short list, however the beauty in the cups below is unquestionable. Here we count down our top 15 football trophy designs in the world.

15. AFC Champions League Trophy

AFC Champions League Trophy

14. CAF African Cup of Nations

CAF African Cup of Nations

13. CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores

CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores

12. FIFA Confederations Cup

FIFA Confederations Cup

11. France Coupe de la Ligue

France Coupe de la Ligue

10. France Ligue 1 Trophy

France Ligue 1 Cup

9. Italy Serie A Cup

Italy Serie A Cup

8. FIFA Club World Cup

FIFA Club World Cup

7. The Copa America

The Copa America

6. USA MLS Cup


5. Spanish La Liga Cup

Spanish La Liga Cup

4. FFA A League Trophy

FFA A League Trophy

3. Liga Portugal Cup

Liga Portugal Cup

2. UEFA Europa League Trophy

UEFA Europa League Trophy

1. German Bundesliga Shield

German Bundesliga Shield


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