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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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1,131 608
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
LeBron James age 33

Athletes with the Most Annoying Fans Things You Always Forget

2
784 485
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
RebeccaStroud added Tom Brady age 40

3
658 355
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
darren-bell added Diego Maradona age 57

4
940 652
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
ravi2 added Michael Jordan age 54

5
686 392
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
maxcool724 added Lionel Messi age 30

6
1,087 987
Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Tim Tebow age 30

7
721 542
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Kobe Bryant age 39

8
576 483
Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Michael Vick age 37

9
623 581
Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Tiger Woods age 42

10
527 491
Lance Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

11
549 498
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Pete Rose age 76

12
501 384
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Mike Tyson age 51

13
513 405
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Muhammad Ali age 75

14
398 269
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

15
343 237
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
wiabux added Cristiano Ronaldo age 32

Baseball Teams With The Most Annoying Fans The Creepiest Sports Mascots

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134 34
Colin Kaepernick is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Dave_7672 added Colin Kaepernick age 28

17
382 315
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Barry Bonds age 53

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273 257
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
slantsix added Ray Lewis age 42

19
263 231
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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262 231
Alex Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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195 186
Tony Romo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Tony Romo age 37

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136 108
Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
terry-collins added Cam Newton age 28

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296 312
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Pete Price added Manny Pacquiáo age 39

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201 184
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Terrell Owens age 44

25
128 79
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
terry-collins added Johnny Manziel age 25

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169 145
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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209 207
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Ndamukong Suh age 30

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192 182
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
PepDekker added Randy Moss age 40

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142 121
Ronda Rousey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
DavidTeasdale added Ronda Rousey age 30

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121 81
Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
tconnfurn added Bill Belichick age 65

31
174 147
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Dennis Rodman age 56

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209 211
Mark McGwire is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Mark McGwire age 54

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176 133
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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96 65
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
slaft added Shaquille O'Neal age 45

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211 224
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Pete Price added Shoeless Joe Jackson Died at 64 (1887-1951)

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157 177
Chad Ochocinco is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
PepDekker added Chad Ochocinco age 39

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86 73
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
surag added Adrian Peterson age 32

38
83 73
Caitlyn Jenner is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
slaft added Caitlyn Jenner age 68

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67 54
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Dwight Howard age 32

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63 39
Marshawn Lynch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
terry-collins added Marshawn Lynch age 31

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77 86
Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
wiabux added Metta World Peace age 38

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155 153
John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
John McEnroe age 58

43
61 42
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
ryanjjjj8 added Bill Russell age 83

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70 55
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Aaron Rodgers age 34

45
77 54
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Wilt Chamberlain Died at 63 (1936-1999)

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77 76
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Joe Montana age 61

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137 173
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Ty Cobb Died at 75 (1886-1961)

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75 76
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Roger Clemens age 55

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71 76
Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Sidney Crosby age 30

50
106 105
Hope Solo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Hope Solo age 36