Athletes who participate in state, national or international level sports competitions become public figures. They are under the eyes of the media and society. If they deviate from the right path, they are caught. Some highly talented athletes, who were demigods for their fans, have lost their reputation as superheroes due to controversies.

Here are the 10 most controversial professional athletes of all-time.

10) Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is a handsome and talented football player. But he seems to invite controversies due to his behavior. Some people are of the opinion that he is a bratty and an attention seeking individual. In the year 2012, he was spotted driving his Lamborghini with his 22-month-old on his lap.

Cristiano Ronaldo
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9) LeBron James

American professional basketball player LeBron James plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA. His as achieved great heights in his basketball career. But some people are of the opinion that he has a big head. He was criticized for leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat in 2010. He has also been criticized for being narcissistic and arrogant which have made him an ongoing target for criticism. His attitude affected his performance, but the good news that he is working on his weaknesses and has improved his game. James’s return to Cleveland in summer 2014 helped repair his reputation among sports fans.

LeBron James
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