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The Greatest Rivalries in Sports 

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Originally by Ranker Community
Updated December 2, 2019 73k votes 8.3k voters 63k views 135 items

List Rules Teams 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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Soccer: Barcelona vs. Re... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Soccer: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid
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College Football: Ohio S... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Football: Ohio State vs. Michigan
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College Basketball: Nort... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Basketball: North Carolina vs. Duke
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NBA: Celtics vs. Lakers ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NBA: Celtics vs. Lakers
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MLB: Yankees vs. Red Sox... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
MLB: Yankees vs. Red Sox
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College Football: Army v... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Football: Army vs. Navy
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Soccer: Argentina Vs. Br... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Soccer: Argentina Vs. Brazil
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NFL: Packers vs. Bears ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NFL: Packers vs. Bears
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College Football: Auburn... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Football: Auburn vs. Alabama
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Soccer: Liverpool Vs. Ma... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added Soccer: Liverpool Vs. Manchester United
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Soccer: Manchester Unite... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
michalkaly added Soccer: Manchester United Vs. Manchester City
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Cricket: India vs. Pakis... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Cricket: India vs. Pakistan
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NFL: Giants Vs Cowboys ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added NFL: Giants Vs Cowboys
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College Football: Texas ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
College Football: Texas vs. Oklahoma
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Nadal Vs Federer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Nadal Vs Federer
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Soccer: Celtic Vs. Range... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added Soccer: Celtic Vs. Rangers
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NHL: Canadiens vs. Bruin... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NHL: Canadiens vs. Bruins
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Olympics : USA V Russia ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Olympics : USA V Russia
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MLB: Giants vs. Dodgers ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
MLB: Giants vs. Dodgers
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Boxing: Ali Vs. Frazier ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
RobLein added Boxing: Ali Vs. Frazier
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NHL: Canadiens vs. Maple... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
NHL: Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs
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MLB:Cubs Vs. Cardinals ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
bojanthebest added MLB:Cubs Vs. Cardinals
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NFL: Giants Vs. Eagles ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
Ranker NFL added NFL: Giants Vs. Eagles
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NFL: Cowboys Vs. Eagles ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
JakeRumschik added NFL: Cowboys Vs. Eagles
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NFL: Steelers Vs. Ravens... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Rivalries in Sports
madamsundin added NFL: Steelers Vs. Ravens