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A list of athletes who are passionately loved and hated by sports fans. These divisive, controversial sports stars inspire both love and bile from the fan community in equal measure. Is Allen Iverson among the greatest players of his day, or an arrogant ball hog? Does Tim Tebow keep pulling out these miraculous victories because of innate ability, or is he coasting off the skill and tenacity of his teammates? Is Barry Bonds a stoic hero, or the ultimate baseball villain?

These questions and more have divided sports fans and caused more bar room arguments, than any political decision in recent memory. And with good cause. This list collects the most argued-about and widely discussed figures from the world of sports. Vote for the players you love to hate (or hate to love), and if we've missed any athletes that make you bicker with your friends over beers, be sure to suggest them at the bottom of the page.

Who are the most controversial athletes? Vote on the person you think fits that bill when ranking this list.

List Criteria: Only athletes who are among the most debated in sports.

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    the people's #1
    Tim Tebow

    1987 More
    100
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    often listed
    Tiger Woods

    1975 More
    88
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    1941 More
    83
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    ranked low on reranks
    Lance Armstrong

    1971 More
    82
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    Michael Jordan

    1963 More
    80
    added by: ravi2
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Manny Pacquiáo

    1978 More
    79
    added by: pepdek
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Barry Bonds

    1964 More
    77
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    1984 More
    76
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Michael Vick

    1980 More
    75
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    Muhammad Ali

    1942 More
    73
    added by: mikerhoads
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    1978 More
    70
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    Mike Tyson

    1966 More
    70
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    often listed &controversial
    Sammy Sosa

    1968 More
    67
    added by: pepdek
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ndamukong Suh

    1987 More
    65
    added by: mikerhoads
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    Mark McGwire

    1963 More
    64
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    often listed
    Apolo Anton Ohno

    1982 More
    64
    added by: Benjamin Dunn
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    Shoeless Joe Jackson

    1887 More
    64
    added by: pepdek
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    1886 More
    63
    added by: mikerhoads
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jeremy Lin

    1988 More
    62
    added by: PW Punk
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lionel Messi

    1987 More
    62
    added by: maxcool724
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    1978 More
    60
    added by: PepDekker
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    1977 More
    59
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    Ray Lewis

    1975 More
    58
    added by: slantsix
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    Tom Brady

    1977 More
    57
    added by: RebeccaStroud
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Terrell Owens

    1973 More
    56
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    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    Randy Moss

    1977 More
    56
    added by: PepDekker
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    ranked high on reranks
    Sidney Crosby

    1987 More
    54
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    John McEnroe

    1959 More
    54
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    1975 More
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Brian Wilson

    1982 More
    53
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    controversial
    Dennis Rodman

    1961 More
    51
    added by: mikerhoads
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    Charles Barkley

    1963 More
    50
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    ranked high on reranks
    Roger Clemens

    1962 More
    48
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    often listed
    Hope Solo

    1981 More
    47
    added by: mikerhoads
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    ranked high on reranks
    Serena Williams

    1981 More
    47
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    ranked high on reranks
    Manny Ramírez

    1972 More
    45
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    Richard Sherman

    1988 More
    44
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    ranked low on reranks
    Allen Iverson

    1975 More
    44
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    ranked low on reranks
    Paul Pierce

    1977 More
    42
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    1983 More
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    ranked high on reranks
    Jonathan Martin

    1989 More
    41
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    ranked high on reranks
    Brock Lesnar

    1977 More
    40
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    ranked high on reranks
    Joakim Noah

    1985 More
    39
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    ranked low on reranks
    John Daly

    1966 More
    39
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    ranked low on reranks
    Tim Lincecum

    1984 More
    39
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    often listed
    Metta World Peace

    1979 More
    38
    added by: wiabux
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    ranked high on reranks
    Shaun White

    1986 More
    37
    added by: Benjamin Dunn
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    often listed
    Ulf Samuelsson

    1964 More
    37
    added by: willyboymcoy
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    often listed
    Vlade Divac

    1968 More
    34
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    1983 More
    33
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