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The Best Championship Trophies

Updated May 7, 2019 5.4k votes 1.5k voters 33.4k views

List RulesList of famous sports trophies and cups

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 and thusly is also the best trophy. 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 famous 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 the best trophies in sports 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 for the best professional sports trophies, voting up those you love and hate, or re-ranking this list as you see fit. It's up to you to decide the best professional sports trophies.

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    Stanley Cup is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
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    UEFA Champions League Trophy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
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    UEFA Champions League Trophy

    EUFA soccer
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    Augusta National Green Jacket is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
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    Augusta National Green Jacket

    The Masters
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    FIFA World Cup Trophy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
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    FIFA World Cup Trophy

    FIFA soccer
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    Olympic Gold Medal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
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    Olympic Gold Medal

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    Premier League Trophy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
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    Premier League Trophy

    English Premier League
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    Grey Cup is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
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    Indianapolis 500 Borg-Warner T is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
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    Indianapolis 500 Borg-Warner Trophy

    IndyCar auto racing
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    Calder Cup is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
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    American Hockey League
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    Gentlemen’s Singles Trophy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
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    Gentlemen’s Singles Trophy

    Wimbledon tennis
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    Lombardi Trophy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
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    Lombardi Trophy

    NFL football
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    Claret Jug is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
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    Claret Jug

    PGA golf
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    MLB Commissioner's Trophy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
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    MLB Commissioner's Trophy

    MLB baseball
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    America’s Cup is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
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    America’s Cup

    Yachting
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    Webb Ellis Cup is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
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    Webb Ellis Cup

    Rugby World Cup rugby union
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    Mann Cup is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
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    Mann Cup

    Canadian amateur Lacrosse championship trophy
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    Football League Championship T is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
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    Football League Championship Trophy

    For winner of the Football League Championship/old Division One
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    The Ashes Urn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
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    The Ashes Urn

    The trophy awarded to the winner of "The Ashes" in cricket between England and Australia.
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    Coaches Trophy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
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    Coaches Trophy

    NCAA FBS football
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    Larry O'Brien Championship Tro is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
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    Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy

    NBA basketball
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    Ryder Cup is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
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    Ryder Cup

    PGA golf
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    Wanamaker Trophy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
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    Wanamaker Trophy

    PGA Championship
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    cricket world cup is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
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    cricket world cup

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    NCAA Basketball Trophy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
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    NCAA Basketball Trophy

    NCAA basketball
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