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The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs 

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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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Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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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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Lance Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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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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Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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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) 6 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez (born July 27, 1975), nicknamed "A-Rod", is an American former professional baseball shortstop and third baseman who played 22 seasons in Major League ...more

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Sammy Sosa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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Samuel Kelvin Peralta Sosa (born November 12, 1968) is a Dominican American former professional baseball right fielder. Starting his career with the Texas Rangers, Sosa became a member of the ...more

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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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Mark David McGwire (born October 1, 1963), nicknamed Big Mac, is an American former professional baseball first baseman. His Major League Baseball (MLB) playing career spanned from 1986 to 2001 ...more

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Hulk Hogan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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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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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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Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (Russian: Мари́я Ю́рьевна Шара́пова, IPA: [mɐˈrʲijə ˈjʉrʲjɪvnə ʂɐˈrapəvə] (listen); born April 19, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player. A United States ...more

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Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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Manuel Arístides Ramírez Onelcida (born May 30, 1972) is a Dominican-American former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for parts of 19 ...more

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Jason Giambi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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Jason Gilbert Giambi (; born January 8, 1971) is an American former professional baseball first baseman and designated hitter. In his Major League Baseball (MLB) career, which began in 1995, ...more

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Jose Canseco is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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José Canseco Capas Jr. (born July 2, 1964), is a Cuban-American former Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder and designated hitter. During his time with the Oakland A's, he established ...more

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Carl Lewis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis (born July 1, 1961) is an American former track and field athlete who won nine Olympic gold medals, one Olympic silver medal, and 10 World Championships ...more

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David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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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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Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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John Harold Lambert (born July 8, 1952) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL). Recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990 as ...more
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Lyle Alzado is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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Gary Sheffield is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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Ben Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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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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Marion Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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Floyd Landis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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Andy Pettitte is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
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