PERHAPS two of the greatest showmen of the modern era face-off in the second round of voting for The Deadliest.

Lance Franklin and Cyril Rioli played alongside each other in the 2008 and 2013 premierships, before Franklin departed for Sydney.

Franklin beat Eddie Betts in the first round with 71 per cent of the votes, while Rioli just edged out his former teammate Shaun Burgoyne with 52 per cent of the poll votes.

It's a case of length of resume versus premierships for this match-up, so let's break it down.

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Lance 'Buddy' Franklin
Hawthorn/Sydney
Noongar/Wajuk
300 games, 944 goals, two-time Premiership player, four-time Coleman Medal winner, eight-time All-Australian, two-time Goal of the Year winner

The chance to break the 1,000 goal mark puts Franklin into an incredible group, but with the defensive adjustments coaches have made over the span of the gun forward's career makes it all the more unbelievable.

It's clear Franklin is the greatest forward of his generation, with an enormous output and an incredible highlight reel to match.

There's no gaps on Franklin's resume, which puts him at an advantage over all the other modern era candidates for The Deadliest voting.

The only critique one could make is leaving two flags on the table after switching from Hawthorn to the Swans in 2014.

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Cyril Rioli
Hawthorn
Tiwi
189 games, 275 goals, four-time Premiership player, 2015 Norm Smith Medal winner, three-time All-Australian, 2009 Goal of the Year winner

The case for Rioli lies simply in his four flags and Norm Smith Medal, with team success sometimes being the ultimate decider when it comes to tight decisions like these.

The Hawthorn fan favourite wowed crowds and was just as dazzling without the ball as he was with.

Forward pressure became a key cog for Hawthorn's success, with Rioli leading the way with his speed and tackling.

The 2015 Norm Smith Medallist created his own opportunities,and generated plenty of scores for others.
An early retirement for Rioli means his resume is nowhere near the calibre of Franklin's and most others on The Deadliest list, but the case for him always related to the quality rather than quantity.

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Two former teammates up against each other - Who gets your vote?

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