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The best championship trophies in sports are those trophies that tell stories of where they've been, the talented athletes that have raised them in the past and the ones that, well, have been shattered, dented and damaged in celebration. Some are arguably harder to win than others but each signifies that a sports team or athlete prevailed and won the championship in their respective sports.

Once you weed out the non-trophy awards, like Olympic medals and championship belts, and the non-championship trophies, like the Heisman Trophy, famous sports trophies fall into two categories. Some, like the Indianapolis 500 Borg-Warner Trophy, are one of a kind with the same trophy handed to the winner of the annual event then handed back months later. Others, such as the Lombardi Trophy, given to the winner of the Super Bowl in the NFL, are created each year and given to the teams to keep for eternity. Either way, winning such trophies is no easy task.

Many say that the Stanley Cup, given to the National Hockey League annual champion, is the hardest in sports to win. But once teams win the 35-pound silver chalice, the names of the players and other prominent staff members involved are etched on the rings of the cup forever. The Indianapolis 500 Borg-Warner Trophy takes a similar approach but instead adds the 3D face of each annual winner to the auto racing award to honor the victors.

Though the inspirational stories of how teams persevered to win these championships are great for the history books, the real juicy stories come when teams and athletes celebrate with these trophies. Tales of the Stanley Cup in swimming pools and the Coaches Trophy, the $30,000 Waterford Crystal football-shaped trophy given to the BCS Champion in NCAA Football, being shattered happen more than one would think.

So whether these trophies have been handed down from team to team, or athlete to athlete, for decades or created annually with the hopes that they won't be broken before the year is up, all of these famous sports championship trophies are highly coveted by the teams and athletes that compete for them year round. Which sports championship trophy do you think is best? Tell us by adding your own selections, voting for those you love and hate, or re-ranking this list as you see fit.

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    new! Stanley Cup

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    FIFA World Cup Trophy

    FIFA soccer
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    Lombardi Trophy

    NFL football
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    UEFA Champions League Trophy

    EUFA soccer
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    Calder Cup

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    American Hockey League
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    Premier League Trophy

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    English Premier League
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    America’s Cup

    Yachting
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    Augusta National Green Jacket

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    The Masters
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    Gentlemen’s Singles Trophy

    Wimbledon tennis
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    Indianapolis 500 Borg-Warner Trophy

    IndyCar auto racing
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    Claret Jug

    PGA golf
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    MLB Commissioner's Trophy

    MLB baseball
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    Webb Ellis Cup

    Rugby World Cup rugby union
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    Ryder Cup

    PGA golf
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    The Ashes Urn

    added by: RobThompson
    The trophy awarded to the winner of "The Ashes" in cricket between England and ... more
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    Coaches Trophy

    NCAA FBS football
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    Wanamaker Trophy

    added by: SteveMcElroy
    PGA Championship
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    Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy

    NBA basketball
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    NCAA Basketball Trophy

    NCAA basketball
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    cricket world cup

    added by: akshay chauhan
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