Malaysia Super League's shiny, pricey new trophy: What you need to know
WHO MADE IT AND AT WHAT COST?
The trophy was designed and crafted to precision by the Royal goldsmith in Johor, taking eight months from the initial design phase to completion.
The trophy was in plan since FMLLP was formed in 2015 as we wanted to mark a new era in Malaysian football
The actual cost of the trophy is unknown after FMLLP stopped short of announcing the real value. Chief executive Kevin Ramalingam said it was "priceless because it takes a lot to win the MSL".
He later said it was not more than RM200,000 but did not reveal the exact figure despite being probed several times.
Standing at a height of 63.3 centimetres and 25.2cm in diameter, the 20 kilogram trophy is made of copper, silver and 24 carat pure gold.
The trophy has the FMLLP logo on the football at the top and the winners' name and logo will be carved on the back of the trophy. Johor Darul Ta’zim’s name already adorns the new prize as they have secured this year’s title.
Designed to be futuristic and elegant, the new trophy depicts a football on a pedestal, perhaps reflecting the importance placed on winning the MSL.
According to FMLLP, the gold portions are to symbolise the exclusivity of winning the MSL after enduring a tough long successful campaign.
FMLLP are hoping the 12 teams will be inspired to battle with all their might to get their name on the trophy.
“It’s a simple design to represent simplicity, just how football should really be … simple,” said Ramalingam.
WHY WAS IT MADE?
While other matters in Malaysian football would seem to be more pressing, FMLLP have claimed a new trophy was in line with their efforts to rebrand the domestic competitions in Malaysia.
"The trophy was in plan since FMLLP was formed in 2015 as we wanted to mark a new era in Malaysian football," said Ramalingam.
He insisted the trophy unveiling had nothing to do with the Southern Tigers winning a record fourth straight MSL title in 2017.
The previous trophy was introduced when the MSL was formed back in 2004.
Photos courtesy of FMLLP