Top Ten Most Overrated Athletes

It's not that they aren't great players, they just aren't everything we've been led to believe.

The Top TenXW

1David Beckham

Totally overrated. He was a fine player but come on, he never had any superstar runs like they said of him as. He couldn't play like pele or any dominant soccer superstar. Compare him to the soccer legends and living legends like Messi'. Beckham doesn't stand a chance against anyone in legacy or greatness. - NBASuperstar35

Saw an article in People magazine that mentioned him, his epitaph was "king of soccer. " I'm sorry, but from the games I've seen, while he's a decent player, he is not among the best, and is FAR from being "king. " He's had 17 international goals, which isn't shabby, but then there's Messi who has had 32 international goals, and doesn't allow himself to be bought and sold amongst teams. He's filthy rich and dated an American pop singer, so I can see where the affinity comes from, but at the end of the day he's an average player, and it upsets me that anyone would think to call him the king of soccer. PSG would be fine without him.

His goal/game ratio for England is appalling, Argentina was the only big team he scored against with a lucky penalty. Lucky because he missed his next three, against Turkey in 2004 Euro Qualifying, then France/Portugal in the Finals. Real Madrids worst period for years happened after he joined them. They didn't qualify for the Champions League knockout stage whilst he was there. He only got a LaLiga medal because Reyes scored a lot of goals whilst he didn't play. Then went to PSG because Leonardo must have been in love with him, even the French fans voiced their displeasure.

No as overrated as pele

V34 Comments
2Shaquille O'NealShaquille Rashaun O'Neal, nicknamed Shaq, is a retired American professional basketball player who is currently an analyst on the television program Inside the NBA.

Shaq Daddy is a 7'1", 325 pound dunk machine. In the paint he is an absolute beast, but outside of seven feet he is all but worthless. We all know of his free throw woes over the years. And don't tell me about how big his hands are compared to the ball. All NBA players have large hands. Shaq has hit less then 3 game winning shots in his career and can't shoot free throws. So in a close game in the fourth quarter he is more of a liability then an asset. He has never won a championship without a superstar guard to compliment his game.

Shaq is legit, he was good with his skill set. Sure he could have built a city with all them bricks at the free throw line but he knew his strengths and maximised them. He ain't top 10 in scoring for being a chump.

Is Shaq on this list because he doesn't meet the ultra-liberal expectations of an African-American celebrity? "Most overrated", seriously?

Switch him with LeBron and I wouldn't have a problem with it. - htoutlaws2012

V6 Comments
3Michelle Wie

So overhyped. Famous for her long drives but not even close to being number one on the tour - and what is the difference if you can drive the ball a mile but it doesn't go where you want it. Like the pilot to the passengers good news and bad - the bad news is that we are lost - the good news is we are making good time. After the win at the 2014 open she goes on tour to all the shows - hasn't come close to winning again - probably should have stayed home and work on her game. Finally, she always seems to have an excuse why things don't go well. Hip problem, ankle injury, bee sting, heat exhaustion, wrist injury - should include fading talent. It's very possible that, with the current talent on the tour, she may never win again. But the sponsors still line up.

Michelle Wie is famous because of her age and the fact she can hit the golf ball an impressive distance. People followed her the first few years because she could hit it as far or farther than many men (not all women are weaklings some are quite strong) That is indeed impressive but other than distance she has proven nothing. I have no problem with her competing against the men if she chooses but wouldn't it make sense to actually win a few tournaments against other women before you do that. - hardrockfanatic

Definitely M Wie is overrated. There any number of female golfers who have outplayed her over the course of her career. I also think there are a number of golfers who, given the huge advantages the MW has been given, could have played just as well if not better. I think that one of the biggest problems with MW is has been that she has never been in full control of her game, there has always a team of people with her even when she was an amateur. Watch what happens when she gets in trouble on a hole, it takes her forever to figure it out what to do and usually her caddy has to be the one to decide and take the blame if it doesn't work.

I'm sorry but who? I'm not the golfing person here but #2? - htoutlaws2012

V4 Comments
4Pelé

Surprising to see pele at number 2... I mean, have you ever seen a more self-professed legend ever laugh out loud! He should be ahead right at no. 1 on this list... Agree to most of the comments about him about him playing in the days when soccer was not of as high a quality as what it became late - oldcorsair20

I think Pele was the best footballer of his time but he is for sure not the best footballer of all time. All of these guys (Zinedine Zidane, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Johan Cruyff), they were professional footballers when the level of football was too high. Also, all of these played in great clubs like Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, something Pele didn't. Pele was part of Santos a team where you can make the difference if you have a talent. Just overrated!

Definitely... This guy is extremely jealous of Maradona's popularity among football fans all over the world... Always coming to hide under the protection of the all mighty and all corrupted FIFA organization

He played football in an era without systems or tactics. He himself has said that back then it was 10 forwards and the goalie. He was just a fancy player in his time

V39 Comments
5Terrell OwensTerrell Eldorado Owens is an American football wide receiver who last played for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League.

This is overrated athletes, not annoying celebrities/athletes, if you base off what he thinks of himself, yes he is over rated. But if you base off what people say about him, he isn't. He is an amazing athlete, or was in his prime, but he shouldn't be on this list. And shaq isn't over rated. He isn't the best of all time (no one said he was) but he is an amazing player. People are just jealous of the fact that he was born big.

All talk. If it wasn't for his attitude and drugs maybe he wouldn't have made it on this list, but an athlete's most important body part is his brain, followed by his heart, and then his other muscles. TO is KO'd.

This guy is a loser who has nothing to do but dump popcorn on his face & show off! He annoys me so badly... I'm glad that the cowboys got rid of him! What I'm wondering now is where he is now?

Never came up big in important games, dropped a lot of passes. Complained too much

V10 Comments
6Eli ManningElisha Nelson "Eli" Manning, is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League.

Eli Manning is overrated because the only reason he won two Super Bowl rings over the Patriots is because their defense sucks. He couldn't even beat the Redskins and only shows up in the playoffs. I would like to see him face a defense like the Ravens and see how bad he plays. - redsox123456789

Getting to the playoffs doesn't mean anything? And as for his Super Bowl rings, he beat his opponent. That's what you're supposed to do to earn the reward. - Billyv

Sucks in comparison to Peyton and won 2 super bowls. Rings don't show how good a player is it's how good the team is. Football is a team sport if you haven't noticed.

His two superbowl wins were a fluke won on crazy plays, and the only reason he ever got to two of them was because of that sick defensive front.

This dude is a joke

V10 Comments
7Kobe BryantKobe Bean Bryant is an American retired professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.

Over-hyped and can't carry a team the way Michael Jordan, Shaq, Tim Duncan (although Duncan had help with David Robinson/Ginobili/Parker), Allen Iverson, Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwan, Dwyane Wade, or LeBron James, or even Patrick Ewing to Finals appearances. But wait, he has 5 rings. Every one of those rings Kobe was the sidekick. He won those MVPs because he got a lot of points off of single coverage because the #1 option was Bynum/Gasol down low. Their length was the main strength of the back to back titles. When they didn't have Bynum in 2008, they got crushed by the Celtics. Also, Kobe doesn't have a signature playoff series. You can't compare a player to Jordan when he has Shaq, and old Karl Malone and Gary Payton, and he still loses to the Detroit Pistons. Kobe led teams also get beat by 25-35 points multiple times in playoff series. Because he gives up on his team, and his team gets sick of playing with him because he wants to put up numbers and get all of the glory. It's ...more

You needed to single out Duncan as having help as if the others you mention didn't? Nonsense. - Billyv

One dimensional scorer, who doesn't have a signature playoff game. His team has plenty of playoff wins, but Phil Jackson, Shaq, Gasol and Bynum have always been the main reason the Lakers won titles. He has relied on ESPN to make his case for him, as the NBA cannot run away from the Jordan comparison when it comes to shooting guards with any sort of similarity.

In 2005, when Kobe didn't have an elite big man or the greatest coach in Phil Jackson, Kobe couldn't even lead his team to the playoffs. They were only 34-48. This proves that Kobe needs an elite big man and Phil Jackson to succeed. He can't lead a team on his own. Also, his clutch percentage is only 32%.

KOBE is overrated for sure if you take a close look at Kobe he is just a ball hog who is just a guy with a attitude problem

V4 Comments
8LeBron JamesLeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association.

LeBron James should have been number one because even people who don't even like basketball know who he is. I'm not saying he's a bad basketball player but everybody makes him seem like a god.

Has always played with at least 2 superstars! He played with Wade, Bosh, AND Allen! Now he's with Love and Kyrie and still can't win a championship with them...seriously? Turn down a notch with this guy

Ridiculous. Cleveland had other superstars with him? And which players were superstars while with him on the Heat? None. - Billyv

Espn practically worships him

Absolute freak of nature

V21 Comments
9Danica Patrick

Not strong enough to handle the heavier car and the contact in sprint car

Her career is basically built on the fact that she's pretty and can get sponsors.

If she was ugly you would never have heard of her. She is just a marketing tool.

When will NASCAR ever have a female driver that is good? - htoutlaws2012

V5 Comments
10Scottie PippenScottie Maurice Pippen is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association.

The answer to your question is that Michael Jordan was so great that he earned two spots on the NBA's 50 greatest players list, one for himself and one for Scottie.

He is overrated he got on the dream team instead of Isaiah Thomas.

Pippen is the greatest player in NBA history!

He was only good because of Jordan

V3 Comments

The Newcomers

?Ryan Howard
?Pat Burrell

The Contenders

11Joe NamathJoseph William Namath, nicknamed "Broadway Joe", is a former American football quarterback and actor.

173 TD passes, 220 INTs, completion percentage of 50.1%. Hardly the career stat line of a football legend.

Terrible stats. Screw the guarantee, he should not be in the hall of fame because of that game. - SgtPeppersz196715

Terrible from a statistically point of view. He's known for beating the Colts in Super Bowl 3. I say so what? The Jets defense won Super Bowl 3! Namath did not throw a touchdown and the Jets only scored 16 points.

Stephen curry

V8 Comments
12Babe RuthGeorge Herman Ruth Jr., better known as Babe Ruth, was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935.

714 home runs is nothing to BS about, but the guy was a fat drunk who could hardly run. Sure, he was pretty dang good when he pitched, but then the stardom got to him. For his time he was God, and some still see him that way, but the time have changed folks.

Played against only white players who had other jobs in the winter and didn't even work out. Please. Good for his time, but one of the most overrated. Old people just can't get over the fact he played against mostly just average white guys.

Athletes need to be compared to the competition and in their time period. The Babe out-homered teams. - Billyv

He isn't underrated he hit 714 home runs and the balls back then were squishy so its was way harder to hit the ball

Even people who aren't fans of baseball know who Babe Ruth is. - htoutlaws2012

V7 Comments
13Cristiano RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, GOIH is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team.

Scores a few goals against crappy teams but doesn't do anything other than lose the ball when his team needs him

He is best in scoring goals but he is not good as Messi. Well he is so good in taking chances but Messi creates chances and takes chances brilliantly. He is best but I think he is overrated.

He's not arrogant or bad I mean how many ballon does has he won I bet it's more than you who plays for Real Madrid who do you play for Barcelona I bet but on FIFA

He is so sexy though

V13 Comments
14Mike Tyson

His poor mother was chucked down the stairs and he bit of someones ear off this guy is mad and annoying.

Mike was great, really, he was. But he was massively overrated. The excuses his fanboys make over him losing:

Buster Douglas: He wasn't focused, he was on drugs!
Evander Holyfield: He went to prison, he was high!
Lennox Lewis: He wasn't in his prime, Lewis ducked him for years!

He just lost, deal with it.

Great puncher, yes. Great boxer, no. Tyson wouldn't have stood a chance against the best boxers in their prime.

You know nothing about boxing if you think tyson is overrated

V8 Comments
15RonaldinhoRonaldo de Assis Moreira, commonly known as Ronaldinho or Ronaldinho Gaúcho, is a retired Brazilian footballer.

He's slow but probably the best skilled player ever.

I don't see any reason why ronaldinho is on the list

I think in 2007 he was at his best and was the best but than he started loosing his skill

He's not slow mate and at his peak he was the best player in the world

V7 Comments
16Emmitt SmithEmmitt James Smith III is a former college and professional American football running back who became the National Football League's all-time leading rusher during his fifteen seasons in the league during the 1990s and 2000s.

Good runner, great offensive line. Most running backs would be happy to line up behind four different pro bowl linemen in a career but in the 1995 Super Bowl Emmitt had four pro bowlers in front of him at once. And that doesn't count the pro bowl full back blowing up the holes, the pro bowl tight end drawing the attention of the linebackers, or the pro bowl quarterback and wide receiver keeping the secondary honest. Half the backs in the league would have put up hall of fame numbers in a setup like that.

He has to be the most overrated running back of all time. Imagine Barry Sanders behind that line or Walter Payton... I mean come on anybody could break records with 4 all star caliber lineman blocking for you.

Has no highlight reel. Watch Earl Campbell footage for comparison. Emmitt was slower and smaller than most running backs in his combine class. He had good vision and awareness.

Nope. Emmitt smith is LEGENDARY. Enough said.

V5 Comments
17Manny Pacquiao

Overrated? Probably. Mostly because boxing is in a lull right now and no one really cares about boxing in general. The only decent fighters out there for him are all over 30. Plus, the stigma of possible PED usage seems to be a real one. I really don't like Floyd Mayweather, but if Manny is a good as he says he is, why does the blood test matter? Someone's covering something up.

MANNY PACQUIAO HAS GOTTEN AWAY WITH MURDER IN BOXING NO ATHLETE IN THE HISTORY OF THE SPORT HAS REFUSED TO BLOOD TEST... HE SHOULD BE STRIPPED OF ALL HIS BELTS.

He is waay overrated! He robbed Marquez... more then three times? How does that show integrity and honor? What a fake!

18Tim TebowTimothy Richard Tebow is an American professional baseball outfielder in the New York Mets organization and a former professional American football player in the National Football League.

He prays to Jesus all the time and everyone thinks he's God! Come on people! He's not 'superman' either. Come on people! Peyton Manning and Brady are the greats-this guy is an over rated bible basher!

The reason he was popular because tebowing are you kidding he can't even make a 10 yard pass

his nickname is Superman people. Come On!

Seriously. This guy sucks.

V5 Comments
19Stephen CurryWardell Stephen "Steph" Curry II is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association.

You can't say someone's your favourite basketball player just because they're the point guard of the team that just won the championship. That's stupidity. - yaygiants16

Yeah so true
The kids in my 5th grade class have started a Steph Revolution. Slogan? "Eat Curry! "

V1 Comment
20Micheal Jordan

He is one of the best players. Seriously? Why is he even on this list? ///

When you sneezed in his directions, refs gave this bastard two free throw attempts.

He is one of the greatest don't get me wrong but I don't think he is the undisputed greatest athlete of all time. - ChrisHenry

This is a cruel joke right? - htoutlaws2012

V4 Comments
PSearch List

Recommended Lists

Related Lists

Greatest Athletes of All Time Most Overrated Actors/Actresses Most Overrated Rappers of All Time Most Overrated Video Games Most Overrated Bands of All Time

List StatsUpdated 9 Dec 2016

5,000 votes
141 listings
10 years, 294 days old

Top Remixes (6)

1. David Beckham
2. Michelle Wie
3. Shaquille O'Neal
Cbs5612
1. John Cena
2. LeBron James
3. Tony Romo
htoutlaws2012
1. Stephen Curry
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
3. Russell Wilson
Elis244

WRemix
View All 6

Posts

In defense of the Babe
Binx
Add Post

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.
P