The design concept of the trophy combines Chinese calligraphy culture, football culture and western sculpture culture.
This is the first trophy in the history of European football to incorporate the “Chinese element” trophy. The trophy is divided into gold, silver and bronze medals, It will be awarded to the top three players on the scoring list at the European League final in early June.
According to Zhang Zhaohong, the trophy designer and sculptor from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, the overall shape of the trophy is based on the word “branch” in Chinese calligraphy. After deformation, the word “branch” is shown as the movement of athletes to shoot, symbolizing the support for football and sportsmanship. The shape of the characters in the trophy, named Alipay scoring King, adopts the traditional European body sculpture techniques.
“Chinese element” trophy,”the design concept of this trophy is a combination of Chinese calligraphy culture, football culture and western sculpture culture.” Zhang Zhaohong said that calligraphy culture is a representative of Chinese culture, and in his design, it is shown in an image familiar to Europeans. “I believe Europeans should feel very kind when they see this trophy.”
Zhang Zhaohong also said that the creativity of the trophy characters playing barefoot is intended to inspire more people, regardless of their status and their own conditions, to be able to enjoy the health and happiness of football, bravely pursue their dreams and shape themselves, which is in line with Alipay’s concept of “universal benefits and fairness.”
Former Portugal international Ricardo Carvalho commented: “this is a great trophy, very solemn and elegant, it contains a lot of understanding of football, you can feel a passion from football.”
Uefa and Alipay reached an eight-year global partnership with Alipay in 2018, including the 2020 and 2024 European Championships and four European League Finals, as well as the entire European Championship qualifying and World Cup European qualifying matches.