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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
    87
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    1941 More
    83
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    1971 More
    82
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    1984 More
    82
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    1963 More
    82
    added by: ravi2
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    1964 More
    79
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    1980 More
    78
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    1942 More
    77
    added by: mikerhoads
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    1978 More
    76
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Manny Pacquiáo

    1978 More
    74
    added by: pepdek
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    1966 More
    74
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    1887 More
    73
    added by: pepdek
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    1963 More
    69
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    1886 More
    67
    added by: mikerhoads
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    1968 More
    65
    added by: pepdek
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    1975 More
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    added by: slantsix
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    1987 More
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    added by: mikerhoads
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    1982 More
    64
    added by: Benjamin Dunn
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    1978 More
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    added by: PepDekker
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    1988 More
    60
    added by: PW Punk
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    1977 More
    60
    added by: RebeccaStroud
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    1987 More
    59
    added by: maxcool724
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    1973 More
    59
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    1988 More
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    added by: PepDekker
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    1961 More
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    added by: mikerhoads
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    1972 More
    56
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    1982 More
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    1962 More
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    1987 More
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    often listed
    Jonathan Martin

    1989 More
    52
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    ranked low on reranks
    Floyd Mayweather Jr.

    1977 More
    52
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Hope Solo

    1981 More
    52
    added by: mikerhoads
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    1959 More
    52
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    1963 More
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    1979 More
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    added by: wiabux
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    1975 More
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    1986 More
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    added by: Benjamin Dunn
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    1964 More
    48
    added by: willyboymcoy
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Joakim Noah

    1985 More
    47
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    1975 More
    45
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    1977 More
    45
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    1981 More
    44
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    1966 More
    43
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    1983 More
    43
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    1984 More
    43
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    often listed
    Cristiano Ronaldo

    1985 More
    42
    added by: wiabux
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    1977 More
    42
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