Member Of France's 2018 World Cup Squad Sells Winners Medal For Insane Cash
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A member of France's 2018 World Cup winning squad has sold their medal in an online auction for a whopping $71,875.
The medal was listed for an auction on JuliensLive.com who sell a variety of expensive celebrity memorabilia.
It is unknown who the medal belongs to from Didier Deschamps' 23 man squad that achieved glory in Russia two years ago.
Winning the World Cup is usually considered the pinnacle of football so it's surprising that a player has already cashed in on the medal.
SOLD for $71,875! A 2018 FIFA World Cup gold winner's medal awarded to a player from the champion France national football team.
Sold in today's "Sports Legends" auction taking place now on Julien's Live!#Sports #Memorabilia #Auction #JuliensAuctions #Futbol #FIFA pic.twitter.com/UCzrlqb8Kq
- Juliens Auctions (@JuliensAuctions) May 21, 2020
A description of the lot reads: "A 2018 FIFA World Cup gold winner's medal awarded to a player from the champion France national football team. The 2018 FIFA World Cup took place from June 14 to July 15, 2018 in Russia.
"It was the 11th time the championships had been held in Europe, the first to be held in Eastern Europe. The obverse of the medal features a relief image of the World Cup trophy with an athletic figure with arms outstretched in victory and the text '2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.'
"The reverse of the medal features the text, 'World Champion/ FIFA World Cup/ Russia 2018' and the official emblem FIFA World Cup 2018 emblem to the center. The medal hangs on a blue FIFA ribbon."
The medal received ten bids before officially being sold for the huge sum, which roughly exchanges to £59,000.
One man who has openly sold World Cup medals on the site is Pele.
The Brazilian legend sold a variety of items on the site back in 2016 in an event titled 'Pele: The Collection'.
Among the items listed were World Cup winners medals from 1958 and 1962, as well as the actual ball Pele used to score his 1,000th career goal.
""Having donated a significant portion of my collection to the City of Santos, I have decided to allow fans and collectors to own a piece of my history as well," Pele explained.
"I hope they treasure these artifacts and share my story with their children and generations to come. I will also be donating a portion of the proceeds from the auction to Pequeno Principe, the largest pediatric hospital in Brazil."
The two medals sold for $231,481 and $173,827 respectively while the match ball earned $100,308.