FIFA’s new trophy for The Best is the worst

A trophy as soulless as FIFA itself


When it was announced that FIFA and France Football would no longer be partnering on the Ballon d’Or, the game’s governing body was faced with the challenge of coming up with a new award to rival the iconic golden ball. And this is what they came up with. An austere old-timey ball sitting atop an aluminum beer glass with the words “THE BEST” engraved on it. This is the trophy equivalent to a “#1 DAD” mug.

The ball is modeled after the one used in the first World Cup and that’s the closest thing to an interesting factoid there is to say about this youth league participation trophy.

If Cristiano Ronaldo follows up his latest Ballon d’Or win by adding this robot hammer to his museum, it’s probably going in the restroom.