November 17, 2015
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Behind the Rivalries

Rivalry is one thing that exists in every sport: between clubs, fans, sportsmen, managers, etc. But when it comes to football, it takes a different spin. We hear of fans of rival clubs stabbing each other, running rival fans over with danfo bus, etc.

Football rivals Ronaldo and Messi

Looking at Real Madrid and Barcelona, two of the Top three best club teams in the world (Bayern being the third), you realize that because they’re in the same League, their rivalry is even worse than their derby matches. Let’s leave the club for a bit and focus on individual players.

Various ugly scenes from the El Clasico

Over time, Real Madrid and Barcelona have always had the best players in the world in their teams, with the likes of Raul, Figo, Zidane, kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, Xavi, Iniesta and Messi respectively. One wonders if these players ever got along outside the pitch of play, because on the pitch it was definitely a warzone.
Looking at Zidane/Ronaldinho and now CR7/Messi, it makes one wonder if they’ve ever even shared a personal phone call, hung out together, attended a social not football related function or are even friends.
If you look at Bundesliga teams Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, after the latter’s disastrous season in2014/2015, Thomas Muller of Bayern called his teammate and friend Matt Hummels consoling him and his teammates and telling them they’ll bounce back bigger than ever.

Muller and Hummels who play for rival teams Bayern and Dortmund seem to drop their club loyalties when on International duty

The Rivalry between Madrid and Barca is so deep that it affected the Spanish national team at some point when little skirmishes and quarrels broke out between Real and Barca players during training sessions. One can only wonder “is it that what happens on the pitch of play doesn’t stay on the pitch of play?” or if Messi has ever really wanted to hangout and chill with CR7 but couldn’t because he didn’t want to be labelled a traitor and vice versa. Give us your two cents on this


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