Where does the rivalry between Argentina and Brazil come from?
The Euros are taking place this week, but the Argentina vs. Brazil game isn't one to miss. The historic rivalry continues at the Copa de America.
They are the two biggest countries in South America with the greatest rivalry, and they are certainly strong in soccer.
Argentina has won 2 World Cups, whereas Brazil has won 5. World renowned players like Lionel Messi come from Argentina, and timeless soccer stars such as Edson Arantes do Nascimento (better known as Pele) come from Brazil. In tournaments like the World Cup and the Copa America, Argentina and Brazil have been pitted against one another.
Both Argentina and Brazil produce strong soccer teams and players time and time again. Through all of this, a rivalry was inevitably formed.
Not all rivalries, however, are bitter in nature and end with a sour taste. Diego Armando Maradona from Argentina was pitted against Pele since his career began at just 15-years-old. Both goal-scorers and both quick on their feet meant for quick and constant comparisons.
A historic rivalry
The players barely went against one another on the field and had a twenty year age difference, yet the fans were convinced of a secret hatred. In the public’s eyes, one player could never measure up to the other and vice versa. Although words were shared between the two and jokes were made at one another, they ended up being close friends and having a deep respect for one another.
When Maradona passed away, Pele was there to share his love and support.
Pele’s tweet can be translated to, "I lost a great friend and the world lost a legend. There is still much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to the family members. One day, I hope we can play ball together in the sky."
Argentina vs. Brazil: Copa America
The Argentina vs. Brazil game certainly has some roots in rivalry that date back to the 20th century. Neymar and Messi will continue the greatest rivalry in the world this weekend at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.