TOP 10 RIVALRIES BETWEEN GREAT PLAYERS


#10. Oliver Kahn vs Jens Lehman

Oliver Kahn was n absolute colossus between the sticks for both Bayern Munich and Germany and probably the best keeper when confronted with a one-on-one situation with an opposition player. Jens Lehman had to wait for his turn, and he was given the no.1 jersey for the 2006 World Cup. The rivalry between the two was always there, with Kahn once mocking Lehman for losing his Arsenal shirt to Manuel Almunia back in 2011.

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#9. Alessandro Del Piero vs Francesco Totti

 Former Juventus and Italy icon Alessandro Del Piero and Roma idol Francesco Totti found themselves often to compete for the Italy no.10 jersey and rarely played together in the same Azzuri team. At club level, the duo was involved in some enthralling Juventus versus Roma tussles. The two were great friends, both won the 2006 World Cup, but as Del Piero himself has admitted “they were always adversaries”.

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#8. Ruud Van Nistelrooy vs Thierry Henry

For the 5 years that they played in the Premier League, Thierry Henry and Ruud Van Nistelrooy dominated the goalscoring charts with five winners, three runners up and one 3rd place in the race for the golden boot. Ruud Van Nistelrooy had a terrific eye for the goal and was deadly inside the box. Henry, on the other hand, had a blistering pace and speed, able to score from anywhere. Competition breeds brilliance.

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#7. Ronaldinho vs Zinedine Zidane

Football is mostly about intelligence, about outwitting the opposition players,outplaying them, and if there are two player who are the epitome of intelligence in football, the names of Ronaldinho and Zinedine Zidane come to mind. Both were unique in their own ways, both extremely intelligent and excellent readers of the game. Rivalry between the two emerged from Youtube videos back in 2005.

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#6. Gianluigi Buffon vs Iker Casillas

Iker Casillas and Gigi Buffon were both child stars. Buffon made his league debut at 17, Casillas at 18. The pair have tasted glory at both domestic and international level, each having won the World Cup before, with Iker Casillas having won both Euro’s 2008 and 2012. Buffon is better at commanding his box, Casillas is better at making impossible saves. Who is better? The jury is still out there.

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#5. Roy Keane vs Patrick Vieira

Manchester United and Arsenal were the real deal of the Premier League back in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. In turn, Manchester United versus Arsenal was all about Roy Keane vs Patrick Vieira. The duo endured a central midfield rivalry during their playing days. The two were ferocious competitors on the pitch, leading often into heated disputes. Keane and Vieira have worked together as TV pundits for quite a while now.

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#4. Gerd Muller vs Jupp Heynckes vs Klaus Fischer

Gerd Muller, Jupp Heynceks and Klaus Fischer are the three highest scorers in the Bundesliga. Muller is arguably the most prolific goalscorer among the three; he scored a whopping 365 times in the Bundelsiga. Klaus Fischer was renowned for his bicycle kicks and prolific goal scoring abilities, scoring a total of 268 goals in the Bundesliga. Jupp Heynckes comes 3rd, with 220 Bundesliga goals.

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#3. Steven Gerrard vs Frank Lampard

Both Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard will leave the Premier League at the end of the season to further their careers in the MLS. Both midfielders have given their all for their respective clubs, becoming figureheads and leaders for their sides along the way. The duo is renowned for their long-range shots and vision for the game. With Gerrard and Lampard leaving the EPL, who will be ultimately regarded as the best?

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#2. Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi

The Portuguese ace and the Argentine star have taken the world by storm since 2008 or so, grabbing every Ballon d’Or ever since. Both are extraordinary players, able to win games single-handedly. Ronaldo is often label as the guy who wants to show off, brag about fancy cars, titles and so on. Messi, on the other hand, is humble and takes pride in his humility. Who is the best? Who cares! Just enjoy their magic.

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#1. Pele vs Maradona

Pele and Diego Armando Maradona are quite simply, the two greatest footballers of all time. Pele is hailed in Brazil a national hero and is an instrumental ambassador of the game. Maradona, despite the controversies, was one of the most skillful players to ever play the game. He won the 1986 World Cup for Argentina almost single-handedly. Pele won three World Cups with Brazil, scoring over 1000 goals in the process. Who is the greatest ever? Well, that’s the million dollar question.

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