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The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs 

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Updated May 2, 2018 34.4k votes 5.9k voters 467.7k 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, USA

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

Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24, 1964) is an American former professional baseball left fielder who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco ...more

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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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Mark McGwire is listed (or ranked) 5 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

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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Alex Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
Age: 44

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Washington Heights

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
Age: 51

Nationality: Dominican Republic

Birthplace: San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic

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

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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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: Dayton, Ohio, United States of America

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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Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 12 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

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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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

Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player and former world No. 1. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight ...more

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Maria Sharapova is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
Inger Lund Carter added Age: 32

Nationality: Russia

Birthplace: Nyagan, Russia

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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David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
Age: 44

Nationality: United States of America, Dominican Republic

Birthplace: Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo

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) 16 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

Gary Antonian Sheffield (born November 18, 1968) is an American former Major League Baseball outfielder who played with eight teams from 1988 to 2009. He currently works as a sports agent. For ...more

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Marion Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
Age: 44

Nationality: United States of America, Belize

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Marion Lois Jones (born October 12, 1975), also known as Marion Jones-Thompson, is an American former world champion track and field athlete and a former professional basketball player for Tulsa ...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

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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Lyle Alzado is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
JohnWarner added Dec. at 43 (1949-1992)

Nationality: United States of America

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

Teams: Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns

Lyle Martin Alzado (April 3, 1949 – May 14, 1992) was an American professional All Pro football defensive end of the National Football League (NFL), famous for his intense and intimidating style ...more

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Carl Lewis is listed (or ranked) 20 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) 21 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

Rafael Palmeiro Corrales (born September 24, 1964) is a Cuban American former Major League Baseball first baseman and left fielder. Palmeiro was an All-American at Mississippi State University ...more

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Brock Lesnar is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Jason Giambi is listed (or ranked) 23 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

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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Andy Pettitte is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
Age: 47

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America

Teams: New York Yankees, New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Houston Astros

Andrew Eugene Pettitte (; born June 15, 1972) is an American former baseball starting pitcher who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), primarily for the New York Yankees. He also ...more

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Melky Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs
Age: 35

Nationality: Dominican Republic

Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Teams: New York Yankees, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays

Melky Cabrera y Astacio (born August 11, 1984) is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the New York ...more