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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
darren-bell added Diego Maradona age 57

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627 389
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
RebeccaStroud added Tom Brady age 40

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900 523
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
LeBron James age 33

4
790 586
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
ravi2 added Michael Jordan age 54

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1,005 913
Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Tim Tebow age 30

6
617 479
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Kobe Bryant age 39

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568 534
Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Tiger Woods age 42

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507 421
Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Michael Vick age 37

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481 440
Lance Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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507 455
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Pete Rose age 76

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467 340
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
maxcool724 added Lionel Messi age 30

12
452 352
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Mike Tyson age 51

13
331 235
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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348 279
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Barry Bonds age 53

15
460 387
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Muhammad Ali age 75

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246 234
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
slantsix added Ray Lewis age 42

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242 201
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
wiabux added Cristiano Ronaldo age 32

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233 217
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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167 165
Tony Romo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Tony Romo age 37

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113 88
Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
terry-collins added Cam Newton age 28

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69 11
Colin Kaepernick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Dave_7672 added Colin Kaepernick age 30

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242 212
Alex Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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271 297
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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182 173
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Terrell Owens age 42

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105 59
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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191 195
Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Ndamukong Suh age 30

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142 138
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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158 134
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Dennis Rodman age 56

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123 106
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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172 174
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
PepDekker added Randy Moss age 38

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196 202
Mark McGwire is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Mark McGwire age 52

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104 73
Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
tconnfurn added Bill Belichick age 63

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153 162
Chad Ochocinco is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
PepDekker added Chad Ochocinco age 39

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200 214
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 34 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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159 129
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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68 60
Caitlyn Jenner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
slaft added Caitlyn Jenner age 66

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75 59
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
slaft added Shaquille O'Neal age 45

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68 77
Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
wiabux added Metta World Peace age 38

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55 48
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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71 68
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
surag added Adrian Peterson age 32

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147 144
John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
John McEnroe age 56

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51 34
Marshawn Lynch is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
terry-collins added Marshawn Lynch age 31

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127 165
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Ty Cobb Died at 75 (1886-1961)

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65 69
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Roger Clemens age 55

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50 37
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
ryanjjjj8 added Bill Russell age 81

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64 48
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Wilt Chamberlain Died at 63 (1936-1999)

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61 70
Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Sidney Crosby age 30

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121 126
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Paul Pierce age 38

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56 51
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Aaron Rodgers age 34

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64 73
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Joe Montana age 61