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The Best Championship Trophies

Updated January 11, 2021 5.8k votes 1.6k voters 33.8k views24 items

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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    Olympic Gold Medal

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    175
    153

    UEFA Champions League Trophy

    EUFA soccer
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    241
    222

    FIFA World Cup Trophy

    FIFA soccer
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    129
    110
    ThatGoreGirl added

    Premier League Trophy

    English Premier League
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    134

    Indianapolis 500 Borg-Warner Trophy

    IndyCar auto racing
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    Augusta National Green Jacket

    The Masters
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    185
    202

    Lombardi Trophy

    NFL football
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    156
    175
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    109
    119

    Claret Jug

    PGA golf
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    107
    118

    Gentlemen’s Singles Trophy

    Wimbledon tennis
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    102
    115
    Dave_7672 added

    Calder Cup

    American Hockey League
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    87
    140

    America’s Cup

    Yachting
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    108
    175

    MLB Commissioner's Trophy

    MLB baseball
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    64
    109

    Webb Ellis Cup

    Rugby World Cup rugby union
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    33
    58
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    Mann Cup

    Canadian amateur Lacrosse championship trophy
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    59
    106

    Ryder Cup

    PGA golf
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    36
    75
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    Wanamaker Trophy

    PGA Championship
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    75
    147

    Coaches Trophy

    NCAA FBS football
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    69
    141

    Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy

    NBA basketball
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    51
    114
    RobThompson added

    The Ashes Urn

    The trophy awarded to the winner of "The Ashes" in cricket between England and Australia.
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    39
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    cricket world cup

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    45
    143

    NCAA Basketball Trophy

    NCAA basketball
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    Football League Championship Trophy

    For winner of the Football League Championship/old Division One