South African jeweler Yair Shimansky dazzled Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and all World cup fans after unveiling a record-breaking $2.5 million-worth soccer ball – indubitably the world’s most expensive soccer ball ever made yet certainly the only ball that will never get hit by any foot.
Footballers may fight over the 6,620 white and 2,640 black shimmering South African diamonds surrounding the ball. Fierce competition is expected if players have to struggle over a 3500-carat soccer ball weighing 2.2 kilograms. Who would ever kick away this ball if they could?
Shimansky jokingly confessed that he did not design the ball for kicking. Even if he did, FIFA Soccer Ball Testing Criteria would not approve it. The jeweler might be able to imitate the circumference, sphericity, shape and size of FIFA-approved soccer balls but his diamond-studded soccerball would surely fail their test of rebound, water absorption, weight, and loss of pressure.
Notorious for ludicrous diamond-encrusted masterpieces
(i.e. world’s expensive tattoo), Shimansky has found a better cause for creating a soccer ball out of precious gemstones. This bejeweled ball could brilliantly remind his fellow countrymen of World Cup 2010 held in South Africa.