Beloved. Despised. Dissected. A vicious never-ending circle for many sports stars.
As they scratch, claw and tear for that phenomenal score or honorable assist, many world-class athletes can't seem to escape the controversial flavor present in their repertoire.
A combination of athletic prowess and questionable personality has provoked both hardcore respect and enthusiastic disdain from sports fans. These competitors never seem to be able to please the masses.
While they bask in their divisive auras, we'll take a look at the 50 most polarizing players in sports, dividing fanbases one appearance at a time.