June 16, 2014 1:52 pm
Updated: June 16, 2014 5:58 pm

World Cup: Which sports trophy reigns supreme?

Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the FIFA World Cup trophy after winning the 2010 Cup. Regional matches determine who will compete in the final group stages of the World Cup. A knockout round of 16 narrows the field to eight, four and then at last, two.


In the pantheon of great sports trophies, the World Cup’s hardware faces some stiff competition when it comes to pure aesthetic appeal.

The grueling effort required to win soccer’s top prize is also rivaled by the demands made by trophies in other sports on the respective clubs competing for them.

The golden trophy that 32 countries are competing over in Brazil at the moment looks remarkably (OK, reasonably) like a shorter version of the Larry O’Brien trophy won Sunday by the San Antonio Spurs.

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The Spurs finished off the Miami Heat to win the NBA championship after an 82-game regular season and four playoff rounds.

In pro hockey, the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup this postseason but took a record 26 playoff games to do it (and 16 wins through four series).


The timing of the Spurs’ win – occurring over the first weekend of the 2014 World Cup — got us thinking about the respective hardware pro and national clubs alike struggle so desperately to win.

Which trophy takes the cake for hardest to capture?

Here’s a look at the 10 biggest trophies in sports, and what it takes to win them.

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