Mayweather, Ronaldo, LeBron, Woods, Zlatan: 30 most hated athletes named

Most Hated Athletes

Sporting stars can often be loved or loathed, usually that verdict can be reached either way due to allegiances, success, actions away from their discipline or a combination of all of them.

Ask anyone interested in sports, there’ll be a sporting star they claim that they can’t stand more than anyone else and they’ll tell you exactly why they feel that way.

People have been voting online for their most hated athletes, with the top 30 now announced thanks to a list compiled by The Top Tens.

30. Eli Manning

29. Claressa Shields

28. Andy Roddick

27. Adrien Broner

26. Gwen Berry

25. Jon Jones

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 06: Jon Jones of the United States looks on prior to his UFC Light Heavyweight Title bout against Thiago Santos of Brazil at T-Mobile Arena on July 06, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones defeated Santos by decision. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

24. Sean Avery

23. Yasiel Puig

22. PJ Ladd

21. Sidney Crosby

20. Kevin Durant

19. Ty Cobb

18. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The footballers from the 1990s still playing as Zlatan Ibrahimovic prepares to extend career
REGGIO NELL’EMILIA, ITALY – MAY 22: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of AC Milan celebrates after their side finished the season as Serie A champions during the Serie A match between US Sassuolo and AC Milan at Mapei Stadium – Citta’ del Tricolore on May 22, 2022 in Reggio nell’Emilia, Italy. (Photo by Chris Ricco/Getty Images)

17. MS Dhoni

16. Cristiano Ronaldo

15. Roman Reigns

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14. O.J Simpson

13. Tom Brady

12. Carmelo Anthony

11. Dez Bryant

10. Bryce Harper

PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 06: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies flips his bat after hitting a two-run home run against the New York Mets during the eighth inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on August 6, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

An interesting inclusion so high up on the list, but his own fans appear to dislike him given his baseballing ability not living up to the contract he was given by the Phillies.

9. Lance Armstrong

AUSTIN, TX – JANUARY 14: In this handout photo provided by the Oprah Winfrey Network, Oprah Winfrey (not pictured) speaks with Lance Armstrong during an interview regarding the controversy surrounding his cycling career January 14, 2013 in Austin, Texas. Oprah Winfrey’s exclusive no-holds-barred interview with Lance Armstrong, “Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive,” has expanded to air as a two-night event on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The special episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” will air Thursday, January 17 from 9-10:30 p.m. ET/PT (as previously announced) and Friday, January 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The interview will be simultaneously streamed LIVE worldwide both nights on Oprah.com. (Photo by George Burns/Oprah Winfrey Network via Getty Images)

Lance Armstrong needs no introduction, one of the most infamous cases of doping and cheating in sport was exposed when his actions came to light, many people would have the former cyclist at the top of their list.

8. Michael Vick

RICHMOND, VA – AUGUST 27: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick makes a statement to reporters at the Omni Richmond Hotel after agreeing to a guilty plea on charges stemming from his involvement in a dogfighting ring August 27, 2007, in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

This is an example of what someone has done away from the sport, Michael Vick spent 21 months in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to being involved in a dog fighting ring.

7. Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning
ARLINGTON, TX – OCTOBER 06: Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos at AT&T Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

NFL is one of the biggest sports in the world, pulling in huge viewing numbers and support in America. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are pitted head-to-head for GOAT status, with the debate leading to fans of one disliking the other.

6. Kurt Busch

TALLADEGA, AL – OCTOBER 07: Kurt Busch, driver of the #51 Phoenix Construction Chevrolet, talks to the media after an incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 7, 2012 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

One half of the NASCAR’s Busch brothers, Kurt is hated by fans for his fiery temperament, he apparently has threatened to punch people during interviews… Sounds like a pleasant chap.

5. Kobe Bryant

Olympics – London 2012 Olympic Games – North Greenwich Arena – 12/8/12 Basketball – Men’s Basketball Gold Medal Game – USA v Spain – USA’s Kobe Bryant celebrates with his gold medal Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Paul Childs Livepic PLEASE NOTE: FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY

For many NBA fans, Kobe Bryant was the reason why their team didn’t win as much given his ability on court, taking the Lakers and Bulls to titles, so people disliking him is no shock. However, the infamous ‘Case from Colorado’ will always mar his reputation, whether you believed him or not.

4. Kyle Busch

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – OCTOBER 20: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Halloween Toyota, stands on the grid prior to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Kyle Busch joins his brother in the top 10 and is clearly despised by NASCAR fans, with a list of 18 reasons why he is hated being put together, it’s not pretty viewing for his fans or himself for that matter.

3. Tiger Woods

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND – JULY 15: Tiger Woods of the United States putts on the 18th green during Day Two of The 150th Open at St Andrews Old Course on July 15, 2022 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

I don’t think many people will be shocked to see Tiger Woods on this list, despite being the best golfer to ever take to the course, his life away from golf has constantly been in the media, but for all the wrong reasons.

2. Floyd Mayweather

Mayweather in sunglasses.
Apr 16, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Professional boxer Floyd Mayweather looks on before game one of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

‘Money’ being hated is no surprise given his obscene ability in the ring, going unbeaten at 50-0 in his career, the cocky American was despised for his lack of respect for his opponents and unwavering  arrogance.

1. LeBron James

CLEVELAND, OHIO – MARCH 21: LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on March 21, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Lakers defeated the Cavaliers 131-120. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Again, his success can often be a big factor in people’s hatred for him, but like Mayweather, LeBron James’ arrogance in his own ability has led to him alienating the public, not to mention his lack of loyalty to Cleveland.

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