Shimansky Jewellers, a South African jewelry firm, developed the most expensive soccer ball ever produced in 2010 for the South African World Cup. The ball was believed to be worth $2.58 million and contains 6,620 white and 2,640 black round brilliant cut diamonds. It is now on display in a museum at the company's headquarters.
The previous record holder was also created by Shimansky and it went for $2.5 million back in 2001. At that time, it contained 706 white and 328 black diamonds. It was given as a gift to Russian President Vladimir Putin from Africa's richest man, Alisher Usmanov, who owns the ball today with his wife Natalia.
The new ball was made in collaboration with French manufacturer Venturi and features design details done by Cécile Brunschwig of CB Design. She has also designed balls for other high-profile tournaments including the FIFA Women's World Cup in China 2015 and France Football's Jubilee Ball.
The price of the ball reflects its rarity not only because it is made from precious stones but also because only 114 were made instead of the usual version with 170 panels. There are still seven left in the world and four of them are owned by very rich people (two by Russia and two by USA).
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We recognize that not everyone has hundreds of dollars to spend on a new ball, so we've compiled a list of the finest soccer balls under $100. You may spend a lot more money if you really want a quality match ball. However, the soccer balls on this list are ideal for playing on a daily basis. Each one is well made and offers great value for your money.
The first thing you need to know about buying a new soccer ball is that there are two types of balls: indoor and outdoor. Indoor balls are perfect for use in a gym or on other enclosed spaces because they won't get too dirty or wet. Outdoor balls are just what they sound like - they're designed to be used outside. They must be taken off the field after use and cleaned thoroughly before storing or replacing them.
An outdoor ball will last longer if it isn't washed machine-washable. These balls are available in many sizes and styles and are generally cheaper than its indoor counterparts.
Indoor balls come in three main types: turf, synthetic, and mixed. All have different characteristics and advantages. Turf balls are grown not manufactured and thus have live grass fibers interwoven with polyurethane foam. They are most commonly used by professional teams because they replicate real grass as closely as possible. Synthetic balls are composed of rubber and plastic compounds for durability.
Many individuals buy soccer balls based only on the price of the ball. If a ball is pricey, it signifies it is of excellent quality, whereas a low-cost ball indicates that it is of low quality. That is not always the case. Many players, coaches, teams, and even experts are unsure about the sort of ball to purchase for their specific purposes. For example, an expert coach may want to buy a special ball that is designed for use in training sessions or games.
The type of ball that you choose depends on how you plan to use it. If you are looking at purchasing a new ball for your child's team then we recommend getting them a professional match ball. These balls are designed to be white in color with black markings (or vice versa) so that they can be seen from far away.
Match balls are also designed to be firm, but not too soft. If the ball is too soft, your children will have a hard time controlling it and it could be damaged more easily by intense play. If the ball is too hard, it won't provide proper support and may cause injury to your child's joints.
Soccer balls come in many different sizes, shapes, and materials; therefore, they all have different characteristics. It is important to understand these differences before you buy a ball. For example, if you are looking to purchase a small ball for use with infants and young children, there are certain types of balls that are not recommended because they are too hard or heavy for such uses.
While some wrongly believe the sphere of the trophy resembles a soccer ball, a closer look shows the distinct continents that join together every four years to play the beautiful game. The trophy's basis is malachite, which, at approximately fifty dollars per pound, is around the same worth as iron and significantly less valuable than gold. It would cost more to make a gold-based version of the prize.
Soccer balls are available in many different sizes and styles. There are indoor balls for use with a playground soccer net, outdoor balls that can be used with a lawn soccer net, footballs for use on a sports field, and even balls designed for specific purposes such as beach balls or indoor/outdoor balls that can be used both indoors and out. All soccer balls have eight regular holes that are evenly spaced around the surface of the ball for tying.
The size of a soccer ball depends on how far it will be kicked from hand to hand while still being able to be controlled easily with each foot. Smaller balls are easier to handle and control than larger ones; however, they are also thrown faster which may be dangerous if you are not used to controlling them. Balls below 10 inches in diameter are usually for children, while adult balls range between 12 and 20 inches in diameter.
The weight of a soccer ball varies depending on its size and material.