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 Ten

1 David Beckham David Robert Joseph Beckham is an English retired professional footballer. He played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain and the England national team, for which he held the appearance record for an outfield player until 2016.

David Beckham didn't date an American pop singer. He dated & then married a British pop singer now fashion designer, Victoria 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.

He was a amazing football player, but he's a bit overrated. Don't get me wrong though, I love him (as a athlete)

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.

2 Shaquille O'Neal Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal, nicknamed Shaq, is a retired American professional basketball player who is currently an analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. He is known for his fun, friendly personality, and is one of the most beloved athletes of all time.

He's awesome! Why is he on here?

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?

3 Michelle 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.

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.

She sucks. It's a joke she was thinking of playing on the men's tour. She can barely play on her tour. On another note, Terrel Owens isn't overrated, he is an amazing athlete.

4 Pelé

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

Pele sucks because 400 of his goals are against friendlies and against horrible teams

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

5 Eli Manning Elisha Nelson "Eli" Manning is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He is the younger brother of former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning.

2 super bowl wins 7th in both passing yards and tds, deserves to be in the hall but shouldn't be talked about as much as being a hall of fame talent.

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.

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.

I live in new jersey and so many giants fans think he is one of the best players in the league. At his prime he was maybe a slightly above average quarterback.

6 Terrell Owens Terrell Eldorado Owens is an American football wide receiver who played for the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, and Philadelphia Eagles 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?

Yeah, he's good. But that mouth just ruins it.

7 Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant (1978 - 2020) was an American retired professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Kobe Bryant has won 5 NBA championships with the Lakers and was the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history. more.

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

Shaq won 3 for him. Paul Gasol never got the credit he deserved, even though he was in his prime when He and Kobe won the titles. Always was the right-hand man during the lakers' championship runs. Whenever he had no help, the lakers were terrible. Also I don't think Lebron is better than Kobe, but stats say so. Lebron is better in almost every scoring stat. People think Jordan vs. Kobe is a great matchup. If they think Jordan destroying Kobe is a great matchup, then they're wrong. Everyone says Kobe is in the top ten, he probably barely makes the top twenty. If I made a typo, it is because of auto correct.

Would be fine with all this but we have now lost him so can barely read this anymore - FefeCat

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%.

8 Scottie Pippen Scottie Maurice Pippen is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association.

I mean, I am very sure this man cannot win 6 rings without Jordan, not even one. He Only averaged more than 20 points per game 3 times his career, and choked away a 3-1 lead against the eventual champion Kobe & Shaq led Lakers, which was the biggest choke of all time before the 2016 Warriors choked a 3-1 against the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. This man is a great defender, but people act like he was a great offensive player too because of the Jordan effect.

He took the backseat for jordan and the bulls. He was a great defender and shot 50% from the field. If he want his numbers to go up he could've taken like five extra shots. When jordan left to play baseball, scottie pippen carried his team to the ecf and came third in mvp voting.

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

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.

9 Danica Patrick Danica Sue Patrick is an American professional racing driver. She is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing—her victory in the 2008 Indy Japan 300 is the only female win in an IndyCar Series race.

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.

Danica Patrick isn't even an athlete. She drives a car in a circle 500 times, there's nothing athletics.

10 LeBron James LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. LeBron has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, and the Lakers.

he's a small todler compared to guys like shaq, kobe, magic and mj

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

The Contenders

11 Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Italian club Juventus and the Portugal national team.

He is a great player with great numbers , but diving , lack of quality dribbling & depending mainly on penalties & Tap_ins to score goals make him the most overrated player of all time .

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

the golden boy, once again doodoo only good because his opponents enen more doogs

"He gets the ball, tries to dribble past Galas loses the ball and is too lazy to chase the ball back.

12 Babe Ruth George 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.

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

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

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

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

Joe did crap all after 69. One win versus a team over 500 after 1969. That is JP Losman levels.

wofule stats, doesn't deserve to be in the hall, infact if it werent for the garentee he wouldn't be there

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.

14 Mike Tyson Michael Gerard Tyson (born June 30, 1966) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 2005. He reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title at 20 years, four months and 22 days old.

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.

Tyson fought mostly average boxers and when he did fight elite boxers he lost. Someone list 5 elite boxers he beat?

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

Overrated. I can't for the life of me understand why people think this guy is even on the same level as the GOAT Cristiano Ronaldo

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

16 Stephen Curry Wardell Stephen Curry II is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. Many players and analysts have called him the greatest shooter in NBA history. He is one of the most beloved, as well as hated, stars in the NBA today.

In my list he's the 8th best in the nba right now. There are so many little kids that somehow think he's better than Jordan, its mind-blowing how good they think he is. He is the best shooter of all time. Shooter. That's it. He does few other things at an elite level.

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.

THANK YOU! Curry is just another player that people bandwagon - KingSlayer93316

Very overrated... LIKE VERY

Very overrated

17 Manny Pacquiao Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao is a Filipino professional boxer and politician, currently serving as a Senator of the Philippines. He currently ranks #4 in BoxRec's ranking of the greatest pound for pound boxers of all time.

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.


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

18 Tim Tebow Timothy 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.

19 Micheal Jordan

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

This is a cruel joke right?

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

Yup great answer

20 Alex Rodriguez Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez, nicknamed "A-Rod", is an American former professional baseball shortstop and third baseman. He played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and New York Yankees.

I was at an 09 World Series game in Philly (Go Philly! ) and we changed


He might be good, but he is normally considered better then he is.

He did bang Cameron Diaz, so he's got that.

He wouldn't even be recognized if he didn't use steroids

21 Allen Iverson Allen Ezail Iverson is an American retired professional basketball player who played for 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association.

His teams haven't ever won jack. He scored a lot of points in his career because he heaves up a lot of shots (42 career shooter). His turnovers-to-assists ration (3.6 to 6.2) has got to be one of the worst EVER for a point guard. Hurts his team more than helps.

What you just said maid no sense he had NO ONE on his team exept for a old center he didn't past the ball because his hole team was so bad they could barely make anything in. the reason why he turned over the ball so much is because he had to get all the points for his team. on of the greatest basketball players of all time

A shooting guard who could really score. Needed some real help though to get to that next level.

BALL HOG... plain and simple. MY grandma could score 30 points a game too if she shot the ball like iverson.

22 Emmitt Smith Emmitt 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.

Cause it took him forever to beat the record for most yards in career okay sure.

23 Tiger Woods Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time.

Oh please - greatest of all time? Real golfers and knowledgeable fans know that Nicklaus is the greatest of all time! Tiger is only the most popular of all time - Thankyou cable and idiot fans who couldn't hit a golf ball with a baseball bat! There is nothing more infuriating than "fans" at sporting events who gush over athletes yet know nothing about the sport and have never participated in the sport - Don't even get me started on the "luck" factor that he has enjoyed! Hits a ball onto the clubhouse roof - no penalty incurred because it wasn't deemed OB! Fans allowed to move a rock (excuse me, BOULDER, deemed loose impediment! ) - I rest my case. Play the game fans before anointing someone THE GREATEST!

He was on pace to be the greatest of all time, but something sure happened. His skills didn't go downhill, they fell off a cliff. I'm sure his knee issues enter into it, but it seems like it's at least partly psychological as well.

All he does is play golf... he might be the greatest golf player of all time... but how "athletic" do you have to be to play golf... his caddy does more heavy lifting than he does. there's a lot of better athletes than him.

Golfer aren't really athletes. Old people and celebs play golf to relax :P

24 Russell Wilson Russell Carrington Wilson is an American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League.

No, I don't think so. Terrific leader, another one with a great future.

25 Tony Romo Antonio Ramiro Romo is an American football television analyst and former quarterback who played 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.

He was going to call you guys to let you know he was offense to be on this list... But it got intercepted and returned for a touchdown

"Choke" the official soft drink of Tony Romo

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