Famous football players that got caught using drugs

Professional footballers at top level enjoy all the benefits that comes with fame and fortune. Yet some get caught in doing more than they should, like using enhancement drugs to up their game. Here are just some of the most known cases of this.

Just to make it clear, this post will not look at players who use permitted supplements such that can be found on Olympus Labs product list, but rather on those who are not permitted by World Anti-Doping Agency's guidelines, like nandrolone and ephedrine. These drugs fall under category of performance-enhancing and players caught using these have been either suspended or banned from the game altogether.

So in the light of this, here are the most known cases of players abusing these kind of performance-enhancing drugs at top level in football.

Jaap Stam

The big Dutchman who was held as one of the best central defenders of his generation was caught in using forbidden substances in 2001, just weeks after he left Manchester United. One of the most complete defenders in history was caught abusing nandrolone, which in return earned him a five months ban from football. Player protested the verdict on two occasions and to this day he claims that he was innocent. Nevertheless, the ban stood but it was reduced to four months. But even this scandal didn't disrupt the Dutchman to go on and have an impressive career once his ban passed.

Edgar Davids

Yet another Dutchman that was caught using nandrolone in 2001. Davids, who enjoyed a great spell with Ajax and Juventus in his peak, was a tireless midfield player often refereed as The Pitbull. He was a great technician who could make chances for others as well for himself. But his high work-rate and determination, with great physical attributes made him a name to be remembered in football history. But now we can speculate if these great physical attributes were a product of performance-enhancing nandrolone drug. As said, accused for the first time in 2001, Davids faced yet another accusation of abusing the same drug in 2002. This almost earned him a two year ban from football, but ultimately he got off with only a four month suspension from football.

Pep Guardiola

Yes, arguably the best manager of today's football was also accused of taking nandrolone in 2001. Guardiola was also a fine player back in his time whilst he played for Spanish giant Barcelona. And unlike Stam and Davids, Guardiola's case was dragged for six years before he cleared his name, only to accusation reaper year later. But in 2009 he cleared his name of all alleged accusations to his drug abuse.

Diego Maradona

Arguably the greatest talent in history of the sport was also accused for abusing performance-enhancing drugs. El Diego, had his first problem involving drugs back in 1991 when he earned himself a 15-month ban from football after being positive on cocain. Then, in 1994 his 'famous' goal celebration at World Cup game against Greece earned him a 'random' drug test, he tested positive for ephedrine and was sent home disgraced from the competition, Maradona was 34 at the time.



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