Since the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Vietnamese craftsman Vuong Hong Nhat has been making replicas of the World cup trophies.
While initially the hand-carved design were crafted to give out as gifts, throughout the years his craft has become so popular that demands are soaring.
“I didn’t want to sell the trophies, I was just trying to feed my passion for football and give them to friends and family,” said the 57-year-old Manchester United fan.
Honing his skill over the years, he now expects to receive 3,000 orders which is triple the number he made in 2014.
In his small workshop, he and his three assistants make hand made plaster models of the real 18-carat gold trophy that is given to the World Cup winners.
Despite business doing well, Nhat describes the labor as exhausting.
“I work all day to fill the orders, but it’s not enough. I have to work until midnight.”
According to AFP, the Fifa World Cup Trophy was designed by the late Italian sculptor Silvio Gazzaniga and has been in play since 1974 when it replaced the original Jules Rimet Trophy given to Brazil in 1970 after it clinched its third World Cup win.
The original Jules Rimet Trophy was stolen in Brazil when the back wall of its case was removed by thieves in 1983 and has never been recovered.
The estimated price tag for the gold trophy is RM598,065 but Nhat sells each of his coveted trophy for only RM14.
For football fans, the trophies provide a sprinkling of glory and excitement during the World Cup.
“Holding the trophy I feel like Zidane (when he) won the World Cup in 1998”, France national team supporter Dang Viet Duy said.