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Top 10 Craziest, Wildest and Most Eccentric Athletes of All Time

Let’s face it - no professional athlete ever reached the big leagues because of their brains. One thing that is undeniably true however is that in their own strange way, some professional athletes are

Let’s face it - no professional athlete ever reached the big leagues because of their brains. One thing that is undeniably true however is that in their own strange way, some professional athletes are truly geniuses within the physical realms of their sport. Think of Pele or Wayne Gretzky; watching them play was like watching Van Gogh paint Starry Night or listening to Beethoven live.

The thing about geniuses though is that they tend to be a bit...well…unstable. It is often these types that get caught up in some sort of controversy, landing themselves on the front cover of a newspaper or even defending themselves in front of a jury during a court session. Geniuses within the sporting profession are no exception to these unstable tendencies, and although they become a major talking point all over the globe in these situations, it somehow makes them even more popular and likeable. Even their enemies and most outspoken critics lend power to their names by talking about them, and as the old saying proclaims: there is no such thing as bad publicity.

On the other hand, it’s almost unfair that sporting professionals find themselves in the global spotlight so often. They’re not like politicians or actors - they weren’t trained to say the correct things. They don’t know how to appeal to the masses. Sure, some of them are good at it - but more often than not athletes find themselves putting their foot in their mouths, making the wrong decisions, or appearing like a complete and utter lunatic on live television.

10 Zidane

9 John McEnroe

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8 John Terry

7 Pepe

6 Eric Cantona

5 Dennis Rodman

4 Joey Barton

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3 Vinnie Jones

2 Luis Suarez

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1 Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson is the poster child for the crazy, unstable, wild and unpredictable dudes in the world of professional sports. Famous for comments such as, “I want to eat his children, praise be to Allah!” And “I think I’ll take a bath in his blood.” And who could forget his epic story: "One morning I woke up and found my favorite pigeon, Julius, had died. I was devastated and was gonna use his crate as my stickball bat to honor him. I left the crate on my stoop and went in to get something and I returned to see the sanitation man put the crate into the crusher. I rushed him and caught him flush on the temple with a titanic right hand - he was out cold, convulsing on the floor like an infantile retard." He is also famous for biting an opponent’s ear in the ring, being convicted of allegedly raping an 18-year-old girl, and getting a tribal tattoo on his face.

Sources: bleacherreport.com, shavemagazine.com, wikipedia.org

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