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Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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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.
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    Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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    Diego Maradona age 55

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    Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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    LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments


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    Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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    Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments


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    Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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    Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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    Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments


    Mike Tyson age 49

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    Lance Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments


    Lance Armstrong age 44

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    Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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    Lionel Messi age 28

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    Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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    Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments


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    Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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    Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments


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


    Richard Sherman age 27

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    Alex Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments


    Alex Rodriguez age 40

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    Ronda Rousey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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    Tony Romo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments


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    Mark McGwire is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments


    Mark McGwire age 52

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    Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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    Randy Moss age 38

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    Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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    Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments


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    Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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    Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments


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    Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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    Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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    Ty Cobb Died at 75 (1886-1961)

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    Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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

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    Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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    Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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    Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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    Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments


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    Sammy Sosa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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    Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments


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    Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments


    Sidney Crosby age 28

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    Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments


    Wilt Chamberlain Died at 63 (1936-1999)

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