Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments People In Sports
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Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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

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 is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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    the people's #1
    Tim Tebow

    1987 More
    100
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    1975 More
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    1963 More
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    added by: ravi2
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    1971 More
    82
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    1941 More
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    1984 More
    79
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    1942 More
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    added by: mikerhoads
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    1964 More
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    1980 More
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Manny Pacquiáo

    1978 More
    73
    added by: pepdek
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    1887 More
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    1966 More
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    1968 More
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    1886 More
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    1982 More
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    1975 More
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    1961 More
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    1988 More
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    added by: RebeccaStroud
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    added by: maxcool724
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    1973 More
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    1972 More
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    1962 More
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    often listed
    Jonathan Martin

    1989 More
    53
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Hope Solo

    1981 More
    53
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Sidney Crosby

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    John McEnroe

    1959 More
    52
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    1975 More
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    ranked low on reranks
    Charles Barkley

    1963 More
    50
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    1964 More
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    1986 More
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    added by: Benjamin Dunn
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Joakim Noah

    1985 More
    47
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    1975 More
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    1981 More
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    1983 More
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    1984 More
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    1966 More
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    often listed
    Cristiano Ronaldo

    1985 More
    43
    added by: wiabux
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