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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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Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
RebeccaStroud added Tom Brady age 40

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968 545
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
LeBron James age 33

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620 270
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
darren-bell added Diego Maradona age 57

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831 604
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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1,030 933
Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Tim Tebow age 30

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645 499
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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588 549
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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531 436
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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500 454
Lance Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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523 471
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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520 360
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
maxcool724 added Lionel Messi age 30

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470 364
Mike Tyson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Mike Tyson age 51

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361 246
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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478 396
Muhammad Ali is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Muhammad Ali age 75

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359 290
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Barry Bonds age 53

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273 212
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
wiabux added Cristiano Ronaldo age 32

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253 246
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
slantsix added Ray Lewis age 42

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246 224
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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178 174
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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90 21
Colin Kaepernick is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Dave_7672 added Colin Kaepernick age 30

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123 97
Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
terry-collins added Cam Newton age 28

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252 217
Alex Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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279 303
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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189 176
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Terrell Owens age 44

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112 67
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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197 201
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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153 141
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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133 110
Ronda Rousey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
DavidTeasdale added Ronda Rousey age 30

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164 140
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Dennis Rodman age 56

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178 177
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
PepDekker added Randy Moss age 40

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201 206
Mark McGwire is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Mark McGwire age 54

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108 76
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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154 167
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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202 218
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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163 132
Charles Barkley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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73 80
Metta World Peace is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
wiabux added Metta World Peace age 38

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81 62
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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77 70
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
surag added Adrian Peterson age 32

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72 67
Caitlyn Jenner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
slaft added Caitlyn Jenner age 66

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58 52
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Dwight Howard age 32

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151 148
John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
John McEnroe age 58

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55 38
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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70 71
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Roger Clemens age 55

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130 169
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Ty Cobb Died at 75 (1886-1961)

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65 71
Sidney Crosby is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Sidney Crosby age 30

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53 39
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
ryanjjjj8 added Bill Russell age 81

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69 74
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Joe Montana age 61

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68 50
Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
Wilt Chamberlain Died at 63 (1936-1999)

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61 53
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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60 67
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments
skypir876 added Emmitt Smith age 48