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The Greatest Rivalries in Sports

Updated December 2, 2019 74.2k votes 8.7k voters 64.8k 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
    2,030
    1,306

    Soccer: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

  • 2
    2,921
    1,943

    College Football: Ohio State vs. Michigan

  • 3
    2,261
    1,510

    College Basketball: North Carolina vs. Duke

  • 4
    2,008
    1,552

    NBA: Celtics vs. Lakers

  • 5
    2,520
    2,063

    MLB: Yankees vs. Red Sox

  • 6
    1,430
    974

    College Football: Army vs. Navy

  • 7
    755
    721

    Soccer: Argentina Vs. Brazil

  • 8
    1,432
    1,400

    NFL: Packers vs. Bears

  • 9
    1,352
    1,338

    College Football: Auburn vs. Alabama

  • 10
    582
    582

    Soccer: Manchester United Vs. Manchester City

  • 11
    849
    652

    Cricket: India vs. Pakistan

  • 12
    604
    235

    Olympics : USA V Russia

  • 13
    897
    1,069

    Soccer: Liverpool Vs. Manchester United

  • 14
    612
    384

    Nadal Vs Federer

  • 15
    548
    267

    Boxing: Ali Vs. Frazier

  • 16
    733
    834

    NHL: Canadiens vs. Bruins

  • 17
    605
    598

    MLB:Cubs Vs. Cardinals

  • 18
    728
    854

    College Football: Texas vs. Oklahoma

  • 19
    104
    103

    Soccer Serbia Vs Croatia

  • 20
    109
    102

    Women's Football: USA Vs. Germany

  • 21
    513
    628

    NFL: Giants Vs Cowboys

  • 22
    486
    336

    NFL: Cowboys Vs. Eagles

  • 23
    638
    260
  • 24
    373
    177

    Magic Johnson Vs Larry Bird

  • 25
    381
    197

    Brady Vs Manning