Ballon d’Or Trophy’s Actual Worth: How Much does It Cost To Make The Trophy ?

The Ballon d’Or trophy holds a significant value in the world of Football. Every year France football presents the award. Ballon d’Or is given to the player on the basis of the player’s impact on the game and how much he valued the team’s success. France Football has revealed the Ballon d’Or trophy value and characteristics in recent times. Let’s take a look at the designing process of Ballon d’Or.

What Is The Actual Worth of Ballon d’Or Trophy ?

Apparently it cost around €3,000 ($2,920) worth of material and labor to make the shinny little trophy which every footballer dream of. However the actual value attached to this trophy is absolute gigantic for the winners. Ballon d’Or trophy is awarded to the best player of last 12 months and winning this award can take marketable value of that footballer to new heights, bigger contracts with the clubs, massive sponsorship deals both in home country and abroad.

Ballon d’Or designing process

Ballon d’Or trophy consists of two hemispheres of brass, which after hitting by the hammer take the form of a sphere. Then these two parts were welded by the goldsmith, using a blowtorch. After that, Ball carver filled the ball with tar and then used the pencil on the polished surface to form the seams of the ball

Ballon d’Or Characteristics

In shape, Length, and Height

The current Ballon d’Or trophy has very precise characteristics, which make it attractive to players.

Ballon d’Or has a height of 28 cm, a diameter of 22 cm, and it is a sphere in shape

The material used in making

Wax & Gold

The “Golden ball” is firstly filled with a wax-like material that is chiseled to give the shape.

Then the surface of the ball is covered with five kilograms of 18-carat gold.


François Mellerio

The first-ever Ballon d’Or trophy was made by the Mallerio dits Meller family.

The Meller family was famous for crafting jewelry work In Europe.

The current Ballon d’Or trophy is designed by François Mellerio.

Actual Price value of martials used.€3000 to €5000 (max)
MaterialFive kilograms of 18 carat gold is used to make a Ballon d'Or
Weight12 kg
Height28 cm
Diameter22 cm
Potential worth ?The real value belongs in prestige and putting winners name on world stage.

How much prize money do Ballon d’Or winners get?

There is no reported prize money for winning the ballon d’or and ask any footballer they dont care if they get paid extra for winning this award considering its actual value is the prestige of winning it and putting your name in history books. However you often see some clauses in player contracts. For example when Luka Modric won Ballon Dor back in 2018, he was paid €800,000 one-off fee according to his contract with Nike at that time.

New young and promising players like Mbappe, Haaland, Rashford and many others have such clauses in their contracts with Nike/Adidas and Puma etc. Players also have deals with their club where they are entitled to big bonuses if they win this award.

Fun Fact: If Anthony Martial were to win Ballon D’or during his Manchester United contract, Manchester United will have to pay €10 million to AS Monaco as agreed in the clause when Martia moved to United. Similar clauses can be found in number of other players contracts.

The first-ever Ballon d’Or was presented in 1956 and the recent one in 2021. A list of past ballon d’Or winners is been revealed. In 2005, A significant amount of change in the trophy design over the years is clearly seen.

In 2010, France football merged Ballon d’Or with FIFA football. Their Partnership remained for 6 years. In that time period, Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo won the maximum number of Fifa Ballon d’Or.

FAQs Regarding Ballon d’Or Trophy Value

Q. Who designs the Ballon d’Or trophy?

A. François Mellerio designed the current ballon d’Or trophy.

Q. How much gold is used in the making of Ballon d’Or?

A. The surface of the ball is covered with five kilograms of 18-carat gold.

Q. How much is a Ballon d’Or trophy value?

A. €250k in making and market value estimated around between €300k-500k.

Q. who won the most number of Ballon d’Or?

A. Leo Messi wins the trophy for the record 7 times.

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