Top 5 biggest rivalries between footballers

Football is no exception. Footballing rivalries tend to spice up matches and give fans something to talk about, from legendary on-field rivals like Johan Cruyff and Franz Beckenbauer to some heated events off the pitch.

Rivalry between players is usually contained on the pitch, although it can sometimes boil over.

On that note, let’s take a look at five of football’s most legendary player rivalries with Betway.


Mauro Icardi and Maxi Lopez were colleagues at Sampdoria in Italy’s Serie A, and the two forwards were great friends after Lopez helped Icardi with his move to Italy.

However, it quickly emerged that Lopez’s wife, Wanda Nara, was having an affair with Icardi, leading to their divorce, before Nara and Icardi got married. At that time, Icardi had gone to Inter Milan and Lopez refused to shake Icardi’s hand during a Serie A match between Sampdoria and Inter Milan. The game was dubbed “Wanda’s derby” by the media. Lopez still plays in Italy, while Icardi has since moved to France.

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In 2010, it was revealed that then-England captain John Terry had a four-month affair with Bridge’s ex-girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel. High Court judge issued super injunction barring media from publicizing claims; the injunction was withdrawn a week later.

Manchester City and Chelsea met in February 2010, when the Manchester City bridge refused to shake hands with Chelsea’s Terry. Terry’s captaincy in England was also temporarily revoked.


Manchester United’s Roy Keane and Arsenal’s Patrick Vieira were well known for their strong personalities in one of the Premier League’s biggest midfield rivalries.

The most notable altercation between the two occurred in the Highbury tunnel before the 2005 game, when the players were lined up. The episode was well filmed, with Keane and Vieira yelling at each other and referee Graham Poll trying to keep Keane under control as the Arsenal players pulled Vieira away.

Keane and Vieira are ranked among the best midfielders in the Premier League, and their rivalry on the pitch has resulted in many memorable games between the two clubs. The Manchester United – Arsenal rivalry remains to this day, and you can bet on every encounter between the two with Betway.


Luis Suarez’s career has been controversial as the then-Liverpool striker was accused of racially abusing Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra in 2011.

Suarez was accused of shouting racist comments at Evra during a 1-1 draw with Manchester United in 2011, which the Uruguayan has denied. He was, however, given an eight-game suspension and a £40,000 fine.


Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo might be the best footballers to ever play the game, and their rivalry is perhaps the biggest in football, at least according to their fans.

Their football rivalry has existed since the early 1990s, but it reached its peak when Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009. This meant they would meet at least twice a season in El Classico, one of the most-watched sporting events in the world.

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