Top Ten Rivalries in Sports

The Top Ten Rivalries in Sports

1 Real Madrid vs. FC Barcelona

We are talking about a world wide rivalry right here. Yankees vs Red Sox what? Ask a person in Qatar about some Yankees vs Red Sox and let me know if he even knows what you're talking about, and also y'all might be what is Qatar well search it up and you'll see till where soccer has an impact!

El Clasico, The 2 biggest Team in Spain. Also named match of the century in 2008

One of the biggest rivalries probably the biggest. The both are football super powers. They dominate they pitch and they are the best teams in Spain. They both have top class players like Messi Neymar squarez dani Alves and people like that for real they have Ronaldo bale and benzema. Even FIFA approve this. I was playing career mode as Barcelona and I was trying to sign Ronaldo he said he won't come because the rivalry is to big and the fans would not accept him

Huge teams, super entertaining to watch messi; the greatest football player of all time

2 Michigan vs. Ohio State Football

This isn't a one day a year rivalry. This game defines both States for the entire year. No one from Ohio is caught dead with blue on, and no one from Michigan is caught dead with Scarlet on. This is more than football. When I was a child, even before I knew what sports were, I was taught to Hate Michigan. I didn't just hate the University of Michigan, no that is too easy we are taught to hate the whole state and all of its inhabitants. I know people who drive through each others state and they refuse to stop and get gas or eat a meal because they don't want their tax money going to the other state. This is more than a sports rivalry, this is just pure unadulterated hatred between two groups of people.

Pay attention people... it says greatest sports rivalry, not greatest sports fan rivalry or greatest amount of viewers. You can have two teams that go at each other with all they've got, game after game... that's a reflection of the players, coaches and even mascots. Not saying the fans don't add to the hype, but be logical about it... you can have teams with no fans, but you can't have fans with no team. Basically I feel this isn't about stats concerning fans and viewers... it's predicated on the teams themselves. JMO

First of all I am a Liverpool supporter so full disclosure. I was curious what statistics you are basing this list off of? LFC v United pulled in 700 million views on game day this year on the same day as Real v Barca pulled in 500 million audience and they are just league (regular season) games. The largest ever viewing of even the Super Bowel is an audience of 114 million? I find it terribly hard to believe that Ohio State v Michigan State pulls in next to near what the Super Bowel does, so like I said I am curious as to what you are basing this list off of? Liverpool and United have been playing each other for over 150 years also? Oh I forgot to mention I am also a Spartans Fan, but strictly hoops, for March Madness especially. I am also happy to accept if this list in no particular order?

As someone who was born and grew up in Ohio, this rivalry shuts down businesses when these two giants play each other in football. Always the last game of the year against each other, often times to determine who will be the Big Ten champion. Each state has a heated passion of hate for one another, and I simply cannot say Michigan out loud without my blood pressure raising.

3 India vs. Pakistan Cricket

This should be on the number 1 it's the biggest rivalry in the history

India vs Pakistan rivalry are very brutal inside the ground as well as outside the ground. Spectators put everything on line just to see this rivalry especially in World Cups matches. You can sense that something big happening on the earth when these 2 teams clashes.

Yes. The Match between India vs Pakistan Cricket is electrifying when it comes to ICC events and well as in the bilateral matches. Totally acceptable rivalry. It should be in the top. I vote Indian cricket team.

It's not a play on the ground, it's a war like you watched in gladiator

4 Yankees vs. Red Sox Baseball

So entertaining to watch! I am a diehard Yankees fan and each time we play the Red Sox I never leave the T.V.! They have always hated each other and no doubt for the rest of history.

I. Love. It. Thrilling. Fun. To. Watch. Or. Hear. About. It. Over. Babe. Ruth

Absolutely the biggest rivalry in sports: from Frazier selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees in 1929 to the Red Sox coming back from a 3-0 deficit in the 2004 ALCS and everything in btween, this rivalry has been absolutely fierce. I don't know why this is behind some little college football rivalry. This is the real deal.

This is one rivalry that is bigger then all else!

5 Celtics vs. Lakers Basketball

Bill Russell vs Wilt Chamberlain
Larry Bird vs Magic Johnson
Kobe Bryant vs Paul Pierce
LeBron James vs Jayson Tatum

Lakers Celtics magic bird that was a great rivalry the Celtics and Lakers were at the top of the league in the 80s

Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, John Havelick, Larry Bird, Robert Parish, Kevin Mchale, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo VS Baylor, Jerry west, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Bryon Scott, Kobe, Derek Fisher, and Pau Gasol. The rivalry is still headed today. 16vs17

when they play, it gets tense. go lakers

6 Bruins vs. Canadians Hockey

This rivalry has been going on since the original six in hockey no offense but the leafs are good enough to be a rival

I don't know how you could not have this in the top ten. Two teams that have faced each other almost 900 times including 33 playoff series and 8 game 7 battles. Colts vs. Patriots? You're out of your mind.

ANYONE that know anything about hockey would rank this well above Leafs Canadiens

I'm so pissed off by people who rate the Leafs rivalry with the Canadiens above the Bruins. The Bruins-Canadiens rivalry deserves to be in the top three.

7 Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal

I play tennis and this rivalry is fierce

Two of the best athletes ever in the world's hardest sport. It may not have the hate of other rivalries but the competition is intense.

This by far is the biggest sport rivalry two amazing plus talented players playing their best fierce game

Fiercely contested and always exciting, strong candidate for the best rivalry.

8 Duke vs. Carolina Basketball

The best rivalry in college athletics without any doubt. The fact that both programs are as good as often as they are (they account for 8 national championships since 1982 not to mention that one or the other has been in the Final Four 20 of the 28 years since 1982 and once both made it! ) is unparalleled in any rivalry in ANY sport. Although the Red Sox-Yankees and Liverpool-ManU rivalries obviously are professional and therefore attract much larger urban and national fanbases in a way that Duke-Carolina cannot, no other rivalry has as sustained a record of success for BOTH teams in their respective leagues for so long, making this the best rivalry possibly of all sports. The fact that these 2 play each other twice in no way diminishes the rivalry aspect, much as many proponents of the Ohio State-Michigan football rivalry like to claim. (No one claims that the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry is in any way diminished by the fact that they play multiple games against each other, to prove the ...more

Two top 4 programs all time in their sport.
Two of the most consistently successful sports programs in the history of sport.
The best coaches in sports have coached there.
Just 8 miles from each other.
There is no sign of any decline in their levels of success.

No contest best rivalry in sports. The number of times that these teams have been ranked within the top 3 in the country or 1 and 2 in the nation is unbelievable. They are annually a part of the top ten year in and year out. The same can not be said of Michigan and Ohio State. This explains why Duke and UNC is the best rivalry in sports.

This is by far the best because both are continuously great. OSU and Michigan took long breaks from win national championships. So long for Michigan, in fact, that between their last two championships we sent a man to the moon. For Ohio State, the US exited the Vietnam War and communism fell and much more. If you aren't in the national conversation, your rivalry is consistently insignificant.

9 Packers vs. Bears Football

Hands down the best. Games usually come down to the wire and they have played almost 190 times over the course of 90+ years.

Don't care if Rodgers is #1. Don't care on how many Super Bowls. Don't care on how many championships. Don't care about Vince Lombardi. Don't care about Bart Starr. Bears rule forever, no matter how they suck.

The bears suck go packers!

This is a great rivalry. My family are all Bears fans and we love the Packers Bears games. The best rivalry in sports.

10 Rangers vs. Islanders Hockey

Two teams from New York that each have huge fan bases and is always a close game? This is one of the top NHL rivalries by far.

I'm from New York and I can safely say this is the only true local rivalry (Go Isles)

Islanders > Rangers


The Contenders

11 Notre Dame vs. USC Football

It' is only number 15 because people don't respect long distance rivals like instate rivals. This is shameful because of who we are talking about. It's and vs USC. One of these teams gathered millions to watch, but the rivalry was something everyone needed to see. A general fan of college football would rate this in the top two rivalries.

The two greatest teams in college football history. The Irish and Trojans historically have fought for a national championship as the two programs claim 11 National Championships each all though Notre Dame has 11 consensus championships compared to USC's 6. Both schools have 7 Heisman winners and have produced the most NFL players, NFL Hall of Famers and College Football hall of Famers in history. This rivalry is a respectful one but stakes are always high. They fight on the field and in the recruiting war. MICH-OSU may have more hate for each other but and-USC is the rivalry of champions.

This is easily the best rivalry in all of the football universe.

Notre Dame-USC is the rivalry of champions *

12 Blackhawks vs. Red Wings Hockey

Blackhawks are Chicago's NHL team
Red Wings are detroit's NHL team
NHL is ice hockey not American football.

Who ever said that the red wings and Blackhawks are football teams is a moron.

Go Hawks! My Favorite!

The blackhawks and redwings are good football teams

13 Colts vs. Patriots Football

Its just not the same anymore ever since Peyton left, but the games are still pretty fierce. Just wait until Andrew Luck becomes more experienced, and Colts vs Pats is gunna be the game to look for again.

agreed just because of moss

Go Colts!

14 Army vs. Navy

No matter who wins this college football game, America wins. Go Army! Beat Navy!

That isn't a sport

Best most patriotic game in the land. Go Navy beat Army.

15 Cracovia vs. Wisla Krakow
16 Liverpool vs. Manchester United Soccer

Liverpool vs Manchester United is undoubtedly the greatest football rivalry, if not sports rivalry. The most competitive and intense game. Last season it was Manchester United winning both games 2-1 and Liverpool finished 7th. This season Liverpool beat United 1-0 and 0-3 and United are finishing 7th. Shows the unpredictability.

2008--Liverpool 2-1 Man Utd and Man Utd 1-4 liverpool
2009-- liverpool 2-0 man utd
I h8 manutd

The biggest sports match & rivalry

Manchester united are crap

17 Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier

Great rivalry. Ali was overall the better boxer but boy, oh boy... Joe punished him brutally.

Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!

Yeah agree

18 Galatasaray vs. Fenerbahce

Besiktas reks them both

This is a very intense rivalry and they both are great at kicking the ball really hard. Galsjbsjvruu is extremely good at megging the Fejdyhsjcsh players. This is cool. Go ghaubeihs.

19 Glasgow Rangers vs. Celtics

Easily #1. Even though the names are incorrect.

Do a bit of reading on this, and you'll change your mind.

This is a should be #1

*Rangers vs Celtic. Rangers are sometimes referred to as Glasgow Rangers but their proper name is Rangers Football Club - "Rangers". And Celtic (no 's' on the end) are Celtic Football Club - "Celtic"

RFC2012 VS Glasgow Celtic*

20 River Plate vs. Boca Juniors

If we are going beyond the pitch, one can make a case for top 3 because it is so volotile. Sadly, violence is guaranteed when these two clubs meet.

Should be top 10, but some American (United States) made this list...
NCAA Basketball rivalry top 2? Are you kidding me?

21 Michigan vs. Michigan State

Everyone in Michigan rather bleeds green or blue. The winner gets bragging rights at every family reunion!

22 Canadiens vs. Nordiques

There has been blood, some bad calls and, mostly, great series. It's the most intense rivalry of alls!

23 Red Star Belgrade vs. Partizan Belgrade

Biggest rivalry in Serbia and maybe in europe

24 Maple Leafs vs. Senators Hockey
25 Auburn vs. Alabama Football

Losing the iron bowl is similar to losing a relative. Simply the greatest rivalry in all of sports. The hatred shared between the two schools is unmatched. An Alabama fan poisoned the famous Toomers corner trees in auburn because Alabama lost in 2010. People become unhinged in November in Alabama. An added bonus is the caliber at which the two teams play at. The winner of the iron bowl has played in the last five national championships. I didn't really care that auburn lost the national championship as long as I had my 364 days of bragging rights against Alabama.

I grew up in Alabama. You were either yelling War Eagle or Roll Tide. That's it. There are no other distractions. No pro teams in ANY sport to get in the way. Zero. It's all about college football. I'll be honest with you - there's nothing else to do in Alabama. The world revolves around this rivalry that involves two of the best programs in the nation every year. 7 out of the last 8 years the winner of this game was in the National Championship Game. Can Michigan and OSU say that? Close? Uh, no. Not close. It's the Heisman Trophy. It's the National Championship. It's the Iron Bowl. It's what exemplifies college football. I can't speak for other countries in the world, but in the United States, this is the best rivalry in sports.

Simply the best rivalry in all of college football. Since these two teams absolutely despise each other and are usually competing for a national title, this rivalry has passed historic rivalries such as Texas/Oklahoma, USC/Notre Dame, BYU/Utah, and even Michigan/Ohio State as the best rivalry in the sport.

I got over the Tide losing the Bowel game to OK in 2014 in about a month but I didn't get over the Tide losing the 2013 Rose bowel till they won the 2014 edition of this storied rivalry. Course the endless reruns of the missed field goal return for a touchdown didn't do much for memory made me sick every time I saw it. Roll Tide!

26 Blackhawks vs. Blues, Hockey

The best rivalry in any sport. Blues Blackhawks

Go Hawks! My favorite!

27 Rangers vs. Flyers Hockey
28 Fernando Alonso vs. Lewis Hamilton
29 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens

This definitely is the most violent rivality up in the North since the Nordiques 'r' gone...

People voting this are mistaken Bruins vs Canadiens is the biggest rivalry in Hockey

Have you WATCHED one of these games? They're electrifying!

If these teams were people the world is in a lot of trouble

30 Panathinaikos vs. Olympiakos

Biggest rivalry in Euroleague and Greece

Hands down The best is a real rivalry in ALL,basketball,volleyball,waterpolo etc..let me know if there is such a big rivalry somewhere else...full stadiums in women volleyball or women basketball...or supporters in ping pong game between these two teams? Olympiakos vs panathinaikos...biggest game in all sports..and not only sports..

31 Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadians
32 USC vs. UCLA Football

This is a great matchup.

This game is tonight at 10:30/9:30 Central on ESPN.

33 Penguins vs. Flyers Hockey

This one needs to be higher.

One of the most intense rivalries I can think of in sports. This is top 5 or top 3 easily.

Flyers suck! Go Pens!

This is a top ten rivalry easily

34 Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady

Adding this for all the people that accidently voted Colts-Pats. Colts-Pats is NOT the rivalry. Its all about Peyton vs Tom!

Two of the best quarterbacks of all time going head to head. How can you not want to watch?

Biggest football rivalry

I think the best football rivalry ever

35 Flamengo vs. Fluminense
36 Ayrton Senna vs. Alain Prost, Formula 1

This has to be ranked higher

Only if more people watched F1, they'd know how intense these two were

When 2 drivers of comparible talent line up along side each other, it is then racing becomes facinating a truly a sport. Oftern the macheine can be the diference hence why when both these juggernouts joined the same team they truely showed the world how intence and passionate Formula One truely is in terms of one man agaist another.

37 Flames vs. Oilers Hockey

The Battle of Alberta Canada!

My vote moved this up from 81 to 59!

38 Giants vs. Dodgers Baseball

This is the best rivalry in all of baseball for sure, and the best of all. While it is terrible, fans of both teams have been beaten and stabbed at games.

Unlike the New york Yankees vs the Boston Redsox, the dodgers vs giants rivalry have neck to neck win ratio, rivals since 1890 (oldest in baseball). Not even the move from east to west coast stopped the rivalry. Each time these two teams meet, if it's not the players, fans are out looking for blood (literally). Fans on both sides cheer for two things, their teams victory and their rivals defeat. As much as you heard, if you're a fan of the opposing team and wish to go to a dodger game in LA, do NOT purchase seats in LEFT FIELD PAVILION.

For sure up there with the top rivalries in baseball! Deeep seated hatred for the Dodgers up there! Unless you're from LA nobody likes the Dodgers! Just like the Raiders and the Kings! LA has some of the worst fans

10 times better than all of the rivalries on this list

39 Torino vs. Juventus
40 Seahawks vs. 49ers

So many penalties against each team in every game they play

They run the nfl right now and probably will for another 5 years. Every game is a physical, intense game

41 New South Wales vs. Queensland Rugby League

How is this not at least in the top 20! Australia's greatest sporting rivalry! Mate against Mate - State against State!

Easily the most intense rivalry in sport!

Up the MAROONS. Your all ledgends

42 Capitals vs. Penguins

Who cares if the Pens always wins, but its Crosby vs Ovechkin

Ovie and Sid are two amazing super stars and that is how it will always be.

43 Germany vs. Netherlands Football

I don't think any of the upper 10 belong there because the worst rivalries are the Eastern-European soccer rivalries which cost hundreds of casualties yearly (! ) For a sport!

This is revenge on a war by the Netherlands

44 Georgia vs. Florida Football

Such a rivalry I don't even believe it sometimes You should watch one of their games. They are so physical and aggressive when they play each other. When they play you know that they are really fighting for it. Literally!

I'm a BAMA FAN, so I hate both teams, but it is a pretty darn good

45 Larry Bird vs. Magic Johnson

Greatest duel of all time. The 80's had both.

46 Cubs vs. Cardinals Baseball

This should be top 5

Um his should be 5

Should be top 5

Bish this should be number one

47 Steelers vs. Ravens

Should be number 1. Everybody in America knows this rivalry regardless if they watch football or not. Way too low on the list!

It's a rivalry because the Ravens used to be the Browns. It should be way up there.

The Blood Bowl is outside the top 10? What is happening? Go Ravens!

There are a bunch of teams I've never even heard of, bandwagon rivalries, non contact sports rivalries and inter conference rivalries all before this one? Records aside the Steelers Ravens games are always exciting. The ravens swept the Steelers this year but they suck while the Steelers are actually a good team. P.S go Steelers

48 Inter Milan vs. AC Milan
49 Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls
50 England vs. Australia Cricket

Dating back to 1882, this is the grand-daddy of all international sporting rivalries.

They have their own rivalry. Check out the Ashes dude. All for the the little Trophy full of Ashes.

Woah, the ashes! This must be higher!

50th! One of the most iconic international rivalries ever

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