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The Greatest Rivalries in Sports

Updated December 2, 2019 71.2k votes 8.8k voters 65.3k 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
    2,835
    1,889

    College Football: Ohio State vs. Michigan

  • 2
    2,201
    1,461

    College Basketball: North Carolina vs. Duke

  • 3
    1,937
    1,288

    Soccer: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

  • 4
    1,940
    1,496

    NBA: Celtics vs. Lakers

  • 5
    2,427
    1,978

    MLB: Yankees vs. Red Sox

  • 6
    1,375
    947

    College Football: Army vs. Navy

  • 7
    733
    700

    Soccer: Argentina Vs. Brazil

  • 8
    1,386
    1,335

    NFL: Packers vs. Bears

  • 9
    1,307
    1,285

    College Football: Auburn vs. Alabama

  • 10
    768
    634

    Cricket: India vs. Pakistan

  • 11
    560
    571
    michalkaly added

    Soccer: Manchester United Vs. Manchester City

  • 12
    137
    121

    Football/ Soccer: Fenerbahce Vs. Galatasaray

  • 13
    596
    232

    Olympics : USA V Russia

  • 14
    859
    1,018
    Ranker NFL added

    Soccer: Liverpool Vs. Manchester United

  • 15
    537
    263
    RobLein added

    Boxing: Ali Vs. Frazier

  • 16
    578
    376

    Nadal Vs Federer

  • 17
    707
    779

    NHL: Canadiens vs. Bruins

  • 18
    710
    801

    College Football: Texas vs. Oklahoma

  • 19
    572
    568
    bojanthebest added

    MLB:Cubs Vs. Cardinals

  • 20
    474
    322
    JakeRumschik added

    NFL: Cowboys Vs. Eagles

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    483
    598
    Ranker NFL added

    NFL: Giants Vs Cowboys

  • 22
    620
    254
    Joe Schollmeier added

    Magic Johnson vs Larry Bird

  • 23
    352
    472
    Ranker NFL added

    Soccer: Celtic Vs. Rangers

  • 24
    366
    173
    Joe Schollmeier added

    Magic Johnson Vs Larry Bird

  • 25
    369
    194
    JoshBerman added

    Brady Vs Manning