sports Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

Originally by
25k votes 3.3k voters 52k views 101 items Embed

List Rules 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.

1
+ - 534 138
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

Athletes with the Most Annoying Fans The Best Looking Car Brands

2
+ - 484 329
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Tom Brady age 40

3
+ - 923 847
Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Tim Tebow age 30

4
+ - 723 469
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
LeBron James age 31

5
+ - 669 519
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

6
+ - 412 391
Lance Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

7
+ - 437 368
Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Michael Vick age 37

8
+ - 485 493
Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Tiger Woods age 42

9
+ - 438 419
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Pete Rose age 76

10
+ - 520 435
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Kobe Bryant age 39

11
+ - 373 294
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Lionel Messi age 30

12
+ - 392 324
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Mike Tyson age 51

13
+ - 422 346
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Muhammad Ali age 75

14
+ - 219 202
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Ray Lewis age 42

15
+ - 253 268
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

Baseball Teams with the Most Annoying Fans 37 Celebrities Who Played High School Basketball

16
+ - 265 214
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

17
+ - 305 260
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Barry Bonds age 53

18
+ - 201 188
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

19
+ - 108 82
Ronda Rousey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Ronda Rousey age 28

20
+ - 213 194
Alex Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

21
+ - 138 135
Tony Romo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Tony Romo age 37

22
+ - 125 111
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

23
+ - 184 173
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

24
+ - 161 153
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Randy Moss age 40

25
+ - 81 67
Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Cam Newton age 28

26
+ - 156 158
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Terrell Owens age 44

27
+ - 172 177
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Ndamukong Suh age 30

28
+ - 186 189
Mark McGwire is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Mark McGwire age 54

29
+ - 190 202
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Shoeless Joe Jackson Died at 64 (1887-1951)

Cities With the Best Sports Fans 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree

30
+ - 84 60
Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

31
+ - 137 118
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Dennis Rodman age 56

32
+ - 67 46
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

33
+ - 144 149
Chad Ochocinco is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

34
+ - 142 119
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

35
+ - 121 154
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Ty Cobb Died at 75 (1886-1961)

36
+ - 61 54
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

37
+ - 41 20
Marshawn Lynch is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

38
+ - 55 37
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Wilt Chamberlain Died at 63 (1936-1999)

39
+ - 47 52
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Deion Sanders age 50

40
+ - 139 135
John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
John McEnroe age 56

41
+ - 54 50
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

42
+ - 46 27
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Bill Russell age 83

43
+ - 59 60
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Roger Clemens age 55

Basketball Teams with the Most Annoying Fans The Best Hulu Original Series

44
+ - 81 131
Sammy Sosa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Sammy Sosa age 47

45
+ - 116 134
Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

46
+ - 86 91
Hope Solo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Hope Solo age 34

47
+ - 118 115
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Paul Pierce age 40

48
+ - 46 47
Caitlyn Jenner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

49
+ - 50 41
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Aaron Rodgers age 32

50
+ - 57 62
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Joe Montana age 61