Let us have a look at the top-5 most famous rivalries in international sports.
5. Australia vs England (Cricket)
One of the oldest and most famous rivalries in cricket history, dating back to the 1800s, the England and Australia contest is fierce. The two countries also have an off-field account. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the British government sent convicts to Australia. That little morsel of history has created many tasteless jokes, but it’s also added to the fight between the two sides.
The Ashes is one heck of a cricketing contest. Some superb TV coverage and some great marketing help to maintain its hype. But both sides seem to step up their bite. The Ashes has produced some of the most memorable Test series.
4. Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal (Lawn Tennis)
A sport often is the center of attraction when famous rivalries play out on the world’s biggest stages. For tennis, it was undoubtedly the one between Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal.
Fedal – as the duo came to be known – is one of the most telling rivalries across sports.
The physical battle alone provided all the ingredients – Federer’s right hand to Nadal’s left, Federer’s elegant backhand to Nadal’s brawny forehand, Federer’s calm demeanor to Nadal’s ferocious roars. Rafael Nadal leads the head-to-head with 24 wins while Roger Federer has won 16 matches between the two tennis legends.
It is one of the most famous rivalries and is also accompanied by opposing perspectives and often, there is no love lost between the protagonists. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, however, were bound by mutual love and respect. It made the rivalry stand out like no other.
3. Argentina vs Brazil (International Football)
It is without a doubt the biggest match and one of the most famous rivalries in international football: Argentina vs. Brazil. The two sides have given the footballing world so much joy over the years on the pitch.
The debate of which country’s playing style is better, La Nuestra of Argentina or Joga Bonita of Brazil, has raged for years and has been fueled by the discussion of who is the best player of all time, Diego Armando Maradona or Pele.
The list of great players goes far and beyond those two, as Brazil has given us Garrincha, Zagallo, Carlos Alberto, Jairzinho, Tostao, Romario, Bebeto, Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo, and Ronaldinho, while Argentina has produced the likes of Di Stefano, Passarella, Kempes, Ardiles, Valdano, Batistuta, Redondo, Simeone, Batistuta, Crespo, and Riquelme. Currently, the best players from both nations are Neymar from Brazil and Lionel Messi who recently won the 2022 FIFA World Cup with Argentina.
Brazil has of course won 5 World Cups to Argentina’s 3, but La Seleccion has been able to dominate in other competitions. Argentina has won a record 15 Copa Americas (South America’s continental competition) to Brazil’s 9. Argentina has also won two Olympic Gold Medals, the only competition Brazil has never won.
2. Barcelona vs Real Madrid (Club Football)
Barcelona and Real Madrid began their rivalry in 1902 and it has developed to become arguably the greatest in world sport and lies at the tip in terms of most famous rivalries in football.
The Clasico has always been about a lot more than football. Strong cultural and political themes have forged the relationship between the two cities and they’ve come to represent the clash between nationalist Spain (Madrid) and the struggle for Catalan independence (Barcelona).
On the field, Barcelona and Real Madrid are the two dominant teams in Spain and among the best in Europe. They boast the two best players on the planet Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and have the two highest wage bills in sport.
Barca and Madrid are also deemed among the top 10 most valuable sports teams on the planet, according to a Forbes List in 2012, These are just some of the factors that make Barcelona vs. Real Madrid is one of the famous rivalries in the sport right now.
1. India vs Pakistan (Cricket)
The India–Pakistan cricket rivalry is one of the most intense and famous rivalries in the world. The matches between India and its neighbor are known for their intensity. It is considered one of the biggest matches in the world and is among the most-viewed sports games. It is often termed the EL Classico of cricket.
The tense relationship between both nations, due to bitter diplomatic relationships and conflict that originated during British India into India and Pakistan in 1947, the Indo-Pakistani wars, and the Kashmir conflict, laid the foundations for the emergence of an intense sporting rivalry between the two nations who had shared a common cricket heritage.