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Greatest Rivalry in Sports

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Mauro Pedrosa    501

Which rivalry do you consider the greatest in sports history? Team rivalries and individual rivalries?

I'd have to go with Real Madrid vs Barcelona as teams and Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo for the individuals, followed closely by Magic vs Bird.

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Odin    98

Real Madrid and Barcelona is definitely great, but I don't know if the personal rivalry is really there between Ronaldo and Messi. I think the individual rivalry between Bird and Magic was greater.

I think American sports is a bit harder to find the type of rivalries found in European football, as American sports are much more cyclical in nature with almost all teams spending some time at the top and some at the bottom. And there is nothing that fuels rivalry more than two teams trying to beat each other to the top.

While I don't care much about baseball, Yankees vs. Red Sox has to be up there. Lakers Vs Celtics. Can't think of any other very strong and historic rivalries in US sports.

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Mauro Pedrosa    501
18 hours ago, Odin said:

Real Madrid and Barcelona is definitely great, but I don't know if the personal rivalry is really there between Ronaldo and Messi. I think the individual rivalry between Bird and Magic was greater.

I think American sports is a bit harder to find the type of rivalries found in European football, as American sports are much more cyclical in nature with almost all teams spending some time at the top and some at the bottom. And there is nothing that fuels rivalry more than two teams trying to beat each other to the top.

While I don't care much about baseball, Yankees vs. Red Sox has to be up there. Lakers Vs Celtics. Can't think of any other very strong and historic rivalries in US sports.

One that is always mentioned is Duke vs North Carolina.

Ali vs Frazier is also a great individual rivalry

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River Boca 

The Superclásico is known worldwide as one of the fiercest and most important derbies.[8] In April 2004, the English newspaper The Observer put the Superclásico at the top of their list of "50 sporting things you must do before you die", saying that "Derby day in Buenos Aires makes the Old Firm game look like a primary school kick-about",[9] in 2016 the British football magazine FourFourTwo considered it the "biggest derby in the world",[10] The Daily Telegraph ranked this match as the "biggest club rivalry in world football" in 2016,[11] and the Daily Mirror placed it #1 in The top 50 football derbies in the world, above El Clásico between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid C.F., in 2017.[12]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superclásico

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Mauro Pedrosa    501
On 10/10/2018 at 8:42 PM, alwaystragic said:

River Boca 

The Superclásico is known worldwide as one of the fiercest and most important derbies.[8] In April 2004, the English newspaper The Observer put the Superclásico at the top of their list of "50 sporting things you must do before you die", saying that "Derby day in Buenos Aires makes the Old Firm game look like a primary school kick-about",[9] in 2016 the British football magazine FourFourTwo considered it the "biggest derby in the world",[10] The Daily Telegraph ranked this match as the "biggest club rivalry in world football" in 2016,[11] and the Daily Mirror placed it #1 in The top 50 football derbies in the world, above El Clásico between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid C.F., in 2017.[12]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superclásico

Boca vs River might be the biggest in terms of hatred for each other, but Real & Barça have a big edge in quality

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