Is "lion vs tiger " debate the "Messi vs Ronaldo" debate of animal fight club?

Aug 2013
Are the feuding lion fans and tiger fans much more numerous and vociferous than any other feuding animal fans (e.g., rhino vs hippo, croc vs gator)?

What are the similarities between theriomorphic "X vs Y" debates and anthropomorphic "X vs Y" debates (e.g., "Player/Warrior/Commander X vs Player/Warrior/Commander Y") ?