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The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs 

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Updated May 2, 2018 34.6k votes 5.9k voters 468.2k views 77 items

List Rules Vote for athletes that you still admire, even though they have been proven or accused of using performance enhancing drugs

They cheated... They made millions. This list of famous athletes who have used steroids includes both those who have confessed to using performance enhancing drugs and those who can't shake the rumors. Some may not have been proven to be athletes on steroids yet, but... let's be serious. Everyone knows. But some are still great athletes! We mean: even with hGh, EPO, extra testosterone, cortisone, saline, plasma, and blood transfusions, could you win the Tour de France 7 times? Us either.

The world of sports has gotten more and more competitive with each passing year. So it's no wonder that these professional athletes have looked to drugs in order to up their performance. The only trouble is, once they get caught, their reputations can be ruined forever (oh, and that think about shrinking balls).

Are you surprised by these athletes that use steroids? Should these steroid users be kicked out of their sport? Vote up those athletes who you still find pretty impressive, even if you know they've had plenty of help.
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Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
Age: 55

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Riverside, California, United States of America

Teams: San Francisco Giants, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Lance Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
Age: 48

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Plano, Texas, United States of America

Lance Edward Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson; September 18, 1971) is an American former professional road racing cyclist, infamous for the biggest doping scandal in cycling history. At ...more

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Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
joan-bertran added Age: 59

Nationality: Argentina

Birthplace: Lanús, Argentina

Teams: FC Barcelona, S.S.C. Napoli, Sevilla FC, Boca Juniors, Argentina national football team, + more

Diego Armando Maradona (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo maɾaˈðona], born 30 October 1960) is an Argentine retired professional footballer. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest ...more

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
Age: 72

Nationality: Austria, United States of America

Birthplace: Thal, Austria

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (; German: [ˈaɐ̯nɔlt ˈʃvaɐ̯tsn̩ˌʔɛɡɐ]; born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American politician, actor, filmmaker, and former professional bodybuilder. He served as the ...more

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Alex Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
Age: 44

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Washington Heights, New York City, New York, United States of America

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Sammy Sosa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
Age: 51

Nationality: Dominican Republic

Birthplace: San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic

Teams: Chicago Cubs, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, + more

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Mark McGwire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
Age: 56

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Pomona, California, United States of America

Teams: St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, Oakland Athletics

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Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
Age: 57

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: USA, Dayton, Ohio

Teams: New York Yankees, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, + more

William Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962), nicknamed "Rocket", is an American former baseball pitcher who played 24 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for four teams. Clemens was ...more

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Hulk Hogan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
JohnWarner added Age: 66

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States of America

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Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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Ben Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
Age: 58

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Falmouth, Jamaica

Benjamin Sinclair Johnson (born December 30, 1961) is a Jamaican-born Canadian former sprinter, who was disqualified for doping after finishing third in two Olympic races and two consecutive 100 ...more

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Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
Inger Lund Carter added Age: 32

Nationality: Russia

Birthplace: Nyagan, Russia

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Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
lostshadow added Age: 38

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America

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Brock Lesnar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
JohnWarner added Age: 42

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Webster, South Dakota, United States of America

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Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
Age: 47

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Teams: Boston Red Sox, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, + more

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David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
Age: 44

Nationality: United States of America, Dominican Republic

Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Teams: Boston Red Sox, Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins

David Américo Ortiz Arias (born November 18, 1975), nicknamed "Big Papi", is a Dominican-American former Major League Baseball (MLB) designated hitter (DH) and first baseman who ...more

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Gary Sheffield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
Age: 51

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States of America

Teams: New York Yankees, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, + more

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Jose Canseco is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
Age: 55

Nationality: United States of America, Cuba

Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Teams: New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, + more

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Marion Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
Age: 44

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Anderson Silva is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
mashvoyager added Age: 44

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil

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Lyle Alzado is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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Carl Lewis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
JohnWarner added Age: 58

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

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Rafael Palmeiro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
Age: 55

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Teams: Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers

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Jon Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
Age: 32

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States of America

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Jason Giambi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
Age: 48

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: West Covina, California, United States of America

Teams: New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics, Oakland Athletics

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