For the majority of the world's leading sports stars, garnering unquantified hate is something that comes with the territory.
It doesn't matter if you're unbeaten like Floyd Mayweather, an athletic phenomenon like Cristiano Ronaldo or possessive of a squeaky clean record like Andy Murray, people will always find some flaw or reason to slander your name.
With this in mind it's virtually impossible to make a list of sports stars who everyone loves, because in truth it wouldn't be fair or correct.
However that doesn't mean there aren't a number of sports stars out there who have done enough to command the respect of the masses through hard work, charitable endeavours and a genuinely likeable attitude.
With this slideshow we pay homage to them... the good guys of sport.
Click on to see who makes the list...