Soccer player Lionel Messi and his teammates received the FIFA World Cup Trophy after Argentina defeated France at the 2022 FIFA World Cup final in Qatar this weekend. The trophy is made of 18-carat gold and malachite and it was carefully transported to the stadium in a luxury travel case crafted by Louis Vuitton.
This is the fourth time the luxury brand has partnered with FIFA. The brand was first in charge of transporting the FIFA World Cup Trophy during the South Africa World Cup in 2010. The partnership repeated in Brazil, 2014 and in Russia, 2018.
The FIFA World Cup — also known as the World Cup — is an international soccer competition between senior men’s national teams within the Fédération Internationale de Football Association. The winning team was Argentina, taking home a prize of $42 million USD. The 2022 Cup took place across 8 stadiums — Al Bayt Stadium, Education City Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Lusail Stadium, Stadium 974, Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium Education City Stadium and Al Janoub Stadium — in Qatar with 32 teams over 64 matches. This year’s opening ceremony included performances by Jung Kook of BTS, as well as Fahad Al-Kubaisi. The occasion is notably the most expensive World Cup ever from investments totaling $300 billion.