Tim Tebow And The 50 Most Polarizing Players in Sports

04/19/2012 09:26 am ET

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.