Ronaldo, McGregor, Mayweather, Tyson: Top 30 most arrogant athletes according to fan vote

Mayweather in the ring

Cristiano Ronaldo, Tiger Woods, Conor McGregor, Mike Tyson and other high-profile sports stars have been voted amongst the most arrogant athletes in history.

There’s no denying that an excess of confidence can be crucial for sportspeople because believing in yourself can go a long way in helping to manifest your dreams and ambitions into reality.

It’s not a coincidence that there are so many cheesy Instagram quotes and clichéd home accessories spouting wisdom about believing in yourself being half the battle.

Fans vote on arrogant athletes

And while we’re not here to dispute that rhetoric, there’s also something to be said for somebody having too much confidence and you can definitely accuse certain athletes of falling into that category.

As such, when we stumbled across the interactive list titled: “Top Ten Most Arrogant Athletes,” over at thetoptens.com, we couldn’t help being curious as to whom fans had been voting for.

And it’s fair to say that the voice of the people, who can up-vote athletes they consider to be the most ‘arrogant’, has thrown up an eclectic range of choices and ranking decisions.

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Some sportspeople have clearly been chosen for relatively positive reasons with heroes such as Muhammad Ali and Tom Brady undoubtedly acting arrogant at times, but ultimately remaining humble at heart.

Then, there is a spectrum of picks that ranges from athletes who are indefensibly up their own backsides and others who, well, have no doubt accrued votes due to certain controversies in their personal lives.

The 30 most arrogant athletes ever

However, whatever the motives might be behind certain votes, the results are nevertheless thoroughly intriguing, so be sure to check out the top 30 most arrogant athletes in sports history according to fan votes down below:

30. Kevin Durant (Basketball)

Durant controls the ball.
Apr 25, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) controls the ball against Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams (12) during the fourth quarter of game four of the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs at Barclays Center. The Celtics defeated the Nets 116-112 to win the best of seven series 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

29. Adrien Broner (Boxing)

28. Brock Lesnar (WWE and MMA)

27. Jameis Winston (American football)

26. Usain Bolt (Athletics)

25. Jim Brown (American football)

24. Joey Barton (Football)

23. Michael Vick (American football)

22. Bernard Hopkins (Boxing)

21. Sidney Crosby (Ice hockey)

20. Alexander Ovechkin (Ice hockey)

Ovechkin playing for Russia.
Feb. 24, 2010 – Vancouver, BC, USA – 24 February 2010: Russia’s Alexander Ovechkin #8 during a Men’s Ice Hockey game between the Canada and Russia held at Canada Hockey Place during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Credit Image: © Icon SMI/ZUMApress.com) Picture Supplied by Action Images PLEASE NOTE: FOR EDITORIAL SALES ONLY. CONTRACT CLIENTS: ADDITIONAL FEES MAY APPLY – PLEASE CONTACT YOUR ACCOUNT MANAGER

19. Tony Romo (American football)

18. O.J. Simpson (American football)

17. Johnny Manziel (American football)

16. Lance Armstrong (Cycling)

15. Kobe Bryant (Basketball)

14. Tiger Woods (Golf)

13. Conor McGregor (MMA and boxing)

12. Cam Newton (American football)

11. Mike Tyson (Boxing)

10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Football)

AC Milan's Ibrahimovic celebrates.
Soccer Football – Serie A – U.S. Sassuolo v AC Milan – Mapei Stadium – Citta del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia, Italy – May 22, 2022 AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates ahead of the trophy lift after winning the Serie A REUTERS/Daniele Mascolo

9. Cristiano Ronaldo (Football)

8. DeSean Jackson (American football)

7. Chael Sonnen (MMA)

6. Roy Jones Jr. (Boxing)

5. Richard Sherman (American football)

4. Tom Brady (American football)

3. LeBron James (Basketball)

2. Muhammad Ali (Boxing)

  1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Boxing)
Mayweather gives an interview.
Jun 6, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Green Trunks) speaks after his fight against Logan Paul (not pictured) during an exhibition boxing match at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Interesting vote results

While there are certainly some selections that leave us scratching our heads and looking away out of awkwardness, there are definitely a number of picks that – let’s be honest here – hit the nail on the head.

For starters, Mayweather feels like a worthy winner considering that he openly backs himself as the greatest boxer to walk the earth and can’t seem to go more than a few weeks on Instagram without posing alongside stacks of cash.

Elsewhere, we can understand why Ali ranks highly given that he openly referred to himself as the GOAT during his prime, but we can’t help feeling as though it came from a better place than it does for Mayweather.

Ali standing in a boxing ring.
1966: American boxer Cassius Clay, later Muhammad Ali, in the ring. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Ronaldo making an appearance is thoroughly unsurprising, though the whole ‘arrogance’ narrative surrounding him is almost certainly disproportionately informed by his love for topless photos.

Besides, we’d probably say that Ibrahimovic actually deserves to place higher than the Manchester United star considering his comments belittling the MLS and third-person comparisons between himself and lions and gods.

Meanwhile, Bolt channelled that most loveable brand of ‘arrogance’ with his unforgettable pre-race antics and the vain accusations aimed at Woods are a little outdated now that he’s warmed up to the fans.

Woods celebrates at the Masters.
Golf – Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 14, 2019 – Tiger Woods of the U.S. celebrates on the 18th hole after winning the 2019 Masters. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Like we say, though, the caveat to all of this is that arrogance isn’t always a bad thing in sport as long as it’s not an immovable personality trait rubbing people up the wrong way every second of every day.

After all, controlling one’s confidence and self belief can be an unstoppable sporting weapon in the right hands. It’s not for no reason that so many of these sports stars were absolute masters in their fields.

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