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The Greatest Rivalries in Sports

Updated December 2, 2019 72.7k votes 8.8k voters 65.2k views127 items

List RulesTeams only, Nationally/Internationally relevance, Intensity, Competitive (not one sided), Longevity

The greatest rivalries in sports have pitted some of the best teams in baseball, basketball, football, and college against each other in a quest for eternal glory and bragging rights. The best sports rivalries span decades and even centuries as teams continuously meet in search of another check in the win column. Some of these match-ups pit the best sports franchises of all time against each other, while others are simply long fought feuds between cross-town competitors.

This list of the best rivalries in sports if restricted to teams only, and while there have been some great individual rivalries such as Ali vs. Frazier, Bird vs. Magic, etc, that is the topic of a separate greatest individual rivalries list. These are the eternal rivalries that make strangers hate each other based on an accent (Yankees/Red Sox), a home kit (Barcelona/Real Madrid), or a diploma (USC/UCLA). When it comes to these epic sports rivalries, you better pick a side because there's no neutral zone.

What are the best rivalries in sports? What are the top college rivalries? What teams are part of the top sports rivalries? These are some of the most anticipated sporting events of the year for die hard fans and casual viewers alike. If you know of a sports rivalry that's not yet on the list of the top rivalries in sports, make sure to add it so the people on each side of the contest can vote on whether they have as much ire for each other as the other teams on this list of the greatest rivalries in sports.
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  • 1
    2,897
    1,929

    College Football: Ohio State vs. Michigan

  • 2
    2,251
    1,499

    College Basketball: North Carolina vs. Duke

  • 3
    1,988
    1,311

    Soccer: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

  • 4
    1,986
    1,530

    NBA: Celtics vs. Lakers

  • 5
    2,488
    2,029

    MLB: Yankees vs. Red Sox

  • 6
    1,413
    965

    College Football: Army vs. Navy

  • 7
    745
    715

    Soccer: Argentina Vs. Brazil

  • 8
    1,423
    1,370

    NFL: Packers vs. Bears

  • 9
    1,338
    1,316

    College Football: Auburn vs. Alabama

  • 10
    793
    651

    Cricket: India vs. Pakistan

  • 11
    569
    583

    Soccer: Manchester United Vs. Manchester City

  • 12
    138
    121

    Football/ Soccer: Fenerbahce Vs. Galatasaray

  • 13
    607
    234

    Olympics : USA V Russia

  • 14
    882
    1,046

    Soccer: Liverpool Vs. Manchester United

  • 15
    545
    268

    Boxing: Ali Vs. Frazier

  • 16
    601
    383

    Nadal Vs Federer

  • 17
    725
    827

    College Football: Texas vs. Oklahoma

  • 18
    723
    807

    NHL: Canadiens vs. Bruins

  • 19
    593
    582

    MLB:Cubs Vs. Cardinals

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    484
    329

    NFL: Cowboys Vs. Eagles

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    499
    617

    NFL: Giants Vs Cowboys

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    634
    259
  • 23
    361
    484

    Soccer: Celtic Vs. Rangers

  • 24
    374
    177

    Magic Johnson Vs Larry Bird

  • 25
    375
    199

    Brady Vs Manning