World Cup Trophy How Rihanna once broke FIFA’s rule

Rihanna in 2014 ignored and defied a FIFA guideline and that's because she is Rihanna.

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Lukas Podolski, Rihanna and Bastian Schweinsteiger play How Rihanna once broke FIFA’s World Cup trophy rule (Twitter/Rihanna)
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Coca-Cola and FIFA on Wednesday, March 7 arrived in Abuja with the official 2018 FIFA World Cup trophy with much fanfare and Rihanna comes to mind.

Ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the trophy tour finally arrived in Nigeria after its kick off in Russia.

There was huge excitement in Abuja as football fans got to see and take pictures with the trophy at a series of events that was organised during the tour.

FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour in Abuja play Fans were excited to see the trophy in Abuja (Coca-Cola)


No one can touch the World Cup trophy

All through these events, the World Cup Trophy was heavily guarded and was placed in a thick glass case.

At the old Parade Ground, Abuja on Thursday excited regular football numbers came in their numbers to see the trophy and take photos with it.


The fans first queued up, then came in a very orderly way to take photos with the trophy. A printed copy of the photo was then handed to them after.

The fans thereafter were treated to series of entertaining performances from Nigerian singer Simi and popular rapper Ice Prince.

Ice Prince play Ice prince performed at the World up trophy tour in Abuja (Coca-Cola)


All through these events in Abuja, the trophy was never taken off the glass case except for once, when it visited the State House in Abuja for Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari to touch and hold it.

Muhammadu Buhari play Buhari is the only Nigerian allowed by FIFA rules to touch the World Cup trophy (Coca-Cola )


Buhari is the only Nigerian allowed to touch the trophy because of FIFA guidelines that say that only winners of the tournament and heads of state are allowed to handle the official World Cup Trophy.

FIFA rules stipulate that only a World Cup-winning player, coach, certain FIFA representatives or a head of state can hold the trophy.

Simi play Nigerian singer Simi had the chance to take a picture with the trophy after performing at the Tour event in Abuja on Thursday (Coca-Cola)


That is why Christian Karembeu, who won the World Cup with France in 1998 is part of the trophy tour crew.

Christian Karembeu play France 1998 World Cup winner Christian Karembeu is also in Nigeria as part of the Trophy Tour (Coca-Cola)


Rihanna touches World Cup trophy

In 2014 however, pop star Rihanna ignored these FIFA guidelines and touched the trophy in Brazil.

A known football enthusiast, Rihanna was in Brazil to enjoy the 2014 FIFA World Cup. She was heavily involved all through the tournament in Brazil, attending games and regularly tweeting about matches.

Rihanna at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil play Rihanna turned up at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil (AKM-GSI)


Following Germany’s win in the final over Argentina, Rihanna partied with the players and touched the trophy thereafter.

Miroslave Klose and Rihanna play She touched the World Cup trophy while partying with the winners, Germany (Twitter/Rihanna)

It was against FIFA guidelines but who cares, this is Rihanna.

Just in case you have been living under a rock, Rihanna is just Rihanna. She gets away with anything.

Throughout the trophy events in Abuja, nobody attempted to touch the trophy. It arrives Lagos on Friday, March 9 with football fans in the city expected to see and take photos with the trophy at an event which will hold at the Tafawa Balewa Square.

But don’t try to touch it. Rihanna got away with it, you won’t.

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