The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour ended in Moscow on Thursday after giving more than 800,000 people around the world a chance to see the iconic prize with their own eyes, organisers said on Friday.
The trophy has completed the longest tour in FIFA's history, having covered more than 100,000 miles in 123 days and visiting 91 cities in 51 countries.
“After a long journey, the fourth FIFA World Cup trophy tour ended in Moscow yesterday. The tour has become a global platform, uniting the host country and the rest of the world with the feeling of anticipation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup,” FIFA Chief Commercial Officer Philippe Le Floc’h said.
The World Cup Trophy Tour kicked off in Moscow on 9 September, and, after traveling across 16 Russian cities, the trophy set off on the international leg of its journey. Japan was the last country the trophy visited before finally returning to Russia in May.
The prize is awarded to the winners of the World Cup while remaining the property of the organization. It is made of 18-carat gold with a malachite base and depicts two human figures holding the Earth.
According to FIFA regulations, only the World Cup winners and heads of state are allowed to touch the trophy.