World Cup trophy damaged by unknown German player

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The German FA has revealed an unknown player has mistakenly damaged the World Cup trophy at some point, during days of wild celebrations after the victorious squad returned home.

Mario Gotze scored the only goal of the game in extra-time against Argentina at the Macarana in Rio, to give the German's their first World Cup victory since Italia 1990, however after waiting 24-years to finally get their hands on the most famous trophy on the planet, it took a matter of days for the winners to damage the iconic prize.

The head of the German FA, Wolfgang Niersbach, admitted on Sunday that a piece of the trophy had been chipped off following jubilant celebrations and after a thorough investigation, it was impossible to know who was responsible.

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Niersbach admitted to German paper Die Welt: "At one point, a small piece of our World Cup trophy was chipped off. But do not worry, we have specialists on the case who can fix it.

"We have investigated persistently who it was that damaged the trophy, but the investigation was concluded without a result."

The five kilogram trophy was first presented in 1974, and is thought to be worth in the vicinity of £8 million, however luckily for the culprit, the trophy that travelled back to Germany was a replica, and not the original designed by Italian artist, Silvio Gazzaniga.

This is not the first time an incident of this kind has happened to a famous trophy.

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Ahead of the 1966 World Cup, the previous trophy was stolen while on display at a public exhibition at Westminster Central Hall, only later to be found under a bush in South London by a dog called Pickles.

Ramos drops the Copa Del Rey

In 2011, Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos dropped the Copa Del Rey from the top deck of an open top bus. Embarrassingly enough, Ramos was standing at the front of the bus at the time, resulting on the traditional piece of silverware ending up under one of the wheels.

In 2012, three Chelsea staff were suspended after they broke the handles on the UEFA Champions League trophy during a photo opportunity.

The Blues were also responsible for minor damage sustained to the FA Cup barely a year later with the damage reportedly costing £3000.

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