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The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs

Updated May 2, 2018 26.5k votes 6.0k voters 468.7k views77 items

List RulesVote 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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    Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs

    NationalityUnited States of America, Austria

    BirthplaceThal, Austria

    Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (; German: [ˈaɐ̯nɔlt ˈʃvaɐ̯tsn̩ˌʔɛɡɐ]; born July 30, 1947) is an... more on Wikipedia

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    Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceRiverside, California, United States of America

    TeamsSan Francisco Giants, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Pirates

    Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24, 1964) is an American former professional baseball left... more on Wikipedia
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    Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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    NationalityArgentina

    BirthplaceLanús, Argentina

    TeamsFC Barcelona, S.S.C. Napoli, Sevilla FC, Boca Juniors, Argentina national football team

    Diego Armando Maradona (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo maɾaˈðona], born 30 October 1960) is an... more on Wikipedia

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    Lance Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePlano, Texas, United States of America

    Lance Edward Armstrong (born Lance Edward Gunderson; September 18, 1971) is an American former... more on Wikipedia

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    Alex Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceWashington Heights, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez (born July 27, 1975), nicknamed "A-Rod", is an American former... more on Wikipedia

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

    Age: 52

    NationalityUnited States of America, Dominican Republic

    BirthplaceSan Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic

    TeamsChicago Cubs, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers

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    Hulk Hogan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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    Hulk Hogan

    Age: 67

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceAugusta, Georgia, United States of America

    Terry Gene Bollea (, born August 11, 1953), better known by his ring name as Hulk Hogan, is an... more on Wikipedia

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    Mark McGwire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePomona, California, United States of America

    TeamsSt. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, Oakland Athletics

    Mark David McGwire (born October 1, 1963), nicknamed Big Mac, is an American former... more on Wikipedia
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    Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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    NationalityRussia

    BirthplaceNyagan, Russia

    Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (Russian: Мари́я Ю́рьевна Шара́пова, IPA: [mɐˈrʲijə ˈjʉrʲjɪvnə... more on Wikipedia

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    Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio, United States of America

    TeamsNew York Yankees, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays

    William Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962), nicknamed "Rocket", is an American former... more on Wikipedia
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    Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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    Brock Lesnar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceWebster, South Dakota, United States of America

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    Ben Johnson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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    NationalityCanada

    BirthplaceFalmouth, Jamaica

    Benjamin Sinclair Johnson (born December 30, 1961) is a Jamaican-born Canadian former... more on Wikipedia

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    Francisco Cervelli is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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    NationalityVenezuela

    BirthplaceValencia, Venezuela

    TeamsNew York Yankees, New York Yankees

    Francisco Cervelli (born March 6, 1986) is an Italo-Venezuelan professional baseball catcher... more on Wikipedia
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    Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSaginaw, Michigan, United States of America

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    Shane Mosley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLynwood, California, United States of America

    Shane Andre Mosley (born September 7, 1971), often known by his nickname "Sugar" Shane Mosley,... more on Wikipedia

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    Jon Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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    Jon Jones

    Age: 33

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceRochester, New York, United States of America

    Jonathan Dwight Jones (born July 19, 1987) is an American professional mixed martial artist... more on Wikipedia

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    Anderson Silva is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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    NationalityBrazil

    BirthplaceSão Paulo, Brazil

    Anderson da Silva (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɐ̃deʁsõ ˈsiwvɐ]; born April 14, 1975) is a... more on Wikipedia

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    Mark Coleman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceFremont, Ohio, United States of America

    Mark Daniel Coleman (born December 20, 1964) is a retired American mixed martial artist,... more on Wikipedia

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    James Stewart, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBartow, Florida, United States of America

    James Stewart Jr. (born December 21, 1985), also known as Bubba Stewart, is an American former... more on Wikipedia
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    Sean Sherk is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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    Sean Sherk

    Age: 47

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSt. Francis, Minnesota, United States of America

    Sean Keith Sherk (born August 5, 1973) is a retired American mixed martial artist and former... more on Wikipedia
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    Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

    TeamsBoston Red Sox, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs

    Manuel Arístides Ramírez Onelcida (born May 30, 1972) is a Dominican-American former... more on Wikipedia
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    Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCleves, Ohio, United States of America

    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers

    Dana William Stubblefield (born November 14, 1970) is a former professional American football... more on Wikipedia
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    David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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    NationalityUnited States of America, Dominican Republic

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

    TeamsBoston Red Sox, Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins

    David Américo Ortiz Arias (born November 18, 1975), nicknamed "Big Papi", is a... more on Wikipedia

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    Gary Sheffield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida, United States of America

    TeamsNew York Yankees, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins

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