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 still unknown who the medal belongs to from France’s 23 man squad that achieved World Cup glory in Russia two years ago.
It comes as quite a surprise that a player would go ahead and just sell a World Cup winning medal as it is considered by most footballers as the pinnacle of their footballing career if they manage to win it.
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 different bids before officially being sold for the huge sum, which roughly comes to £59,000.
In the past, Brazilian legend Pele has admitted to have sold his medals in auctions like this in order to donate it to his hometown to build the largest pediatric hospital in Brazil.
The two medals that he sold for went for an eye watering $231,481 and $173,827 respectively while the match ball earned $100,308.