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Awards The Best Championship Trophies  

Pedro Cerrano
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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 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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322 274
FIFA World Cup Trophy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
FIFA World Cup Trophy
FIFA soccer
3
199 185
UEFA Champions League Trophy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
UEFA Champions League Trophy
EUFA soccer
4
250 259
Lombardi Trophy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
Lombardi Trophy
NFL football
5
137 123
Calder Cup is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
Dave_7672 added
American Hockey League
6
208 212
Grey Cup is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
7
119 101
Augusta National Green Jacket is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
Lusebc added Augusta National Green Jacket
The Masters
8
162 172
Indianapolis 500 Borg-Warner T... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
Indianapolis 500 Borg-Warner Trophy
IndyCar auto racing
9
142 146
Premier League Trophy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
ThatGoreGirl added Premier League Trophy
English Premier League
10
137 161
Gentlemen’s Singles Trophy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
Gentlemen’s Singles Trophy
Wimbledon tennis
11
135 162
Claret Jug is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
Claret Jug
PGA golf
12
133 185
America’s Cup is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
America’s Cup
Yachting
13
150 223
MLB Commissioner's Trophy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
MLB Commissioner's Trophy
MLB baseball
14
94 141
Webb Ellis Cup is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
Webb Ellis Cup
Rugby World Cup rugby union
15
35 52
Mann Cup is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
Charlie FQ added Mann Cup
Canadian amateur Lacrosse championship trophy
16
4 2
Olympic Gold Medal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
msprague731 added Olympic Gold Medal
17
111 196
Coaches Trophy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
Coaches Trophy
NCAA FBS football
18
72 134
The Ashes Urn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
RobThompson added The Ashes Urn
The trophy awarded to the winner of "The Ashes" in cricket between England and Australia.
19
79 148
Ryder Cup is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
Ryder Cup
PGA golf
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91 181
Larry O'Brien Championship Tro... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy
NBA basketball
21
46 98
Wanamaker Trophy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
SteveMcElroy added Wanamaker Trophy
PGA Championship
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8 31
Football League Championship T... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
BenNicholson added Football League Championship Trophy
For winner of the Football League Championship/old Division One
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47 131
cricket world cup is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
akshay chauhan added cricket world cup
24
68 183
NCAA Basketball Trophy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Championship Trophies
NCAA Basketball Trophy
NCAA basketball