sports Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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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.

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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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Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Tom Brady age 38

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Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Tim Tebow age 28

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

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

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

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Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Tiger Woods age 40

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Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Michael Vick age 35

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Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Pete Rose age 74

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Kobe Bryant age 37

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Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Lionel Messi age 28

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Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Mike Tyson age 49

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Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Muhammad Ali age 73

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Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Ray Lewis age 40

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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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Manny Pacquiáo 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
Barry Bonds age 51

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

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

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Tony Romo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Tony Romo age 35

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Ronda Rousey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Ronda Rousey age 28

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

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

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Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Cam Newton age 26

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Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Randy Moss age 38

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Mark McGwire is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Mark McGwire age 52

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Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Ndamukong Suh age 28

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Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Terrell Owens age 42

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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)

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Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Dennis Rodman age 54

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

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Johnny Manziel 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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Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Ty Cobb Died at 75 (1886-1961)

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Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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

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John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
John McEnroe age 56

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

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Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Roger Clemens age 53

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Sammy Sosa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Sammy Sosa age 47

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

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Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Deion Sanders age 48

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Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Bill Russell age 81

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Hope Solo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Hope Solo age 34

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

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Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Paul Pierce age 38

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

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

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Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Emmitt Smith age 46

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Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Joe Montana age 59