Barry Bonds claims has compared his status since he retired from professional baseball in 2007 to a "death sentence".

It comes as a place on Major League Baseball's Hall of Flame continues to elude him.

"A death sentence. That's what they've given me," Bonds, 55, told The Athletic in an interview published on Sunday.

Bonds, who holds the all-time records for home runs in a season (73) and a career (762), is a seven-time league MVP, eight-time Gold Glove recipient and 14-time All-Star.

His significant accomplishments, however, are tainted by the suspected use of performance-enhancing drugs during his career.

Bonds has fallen short of Hall of Fame induction in each of his first eight years on the ballot. He received 60.7% of the vote from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in January, with 75.0% needed to been shrined in Cooperstown.

"If they don't want me, just say you don't want me and be done with it," he said of the Hall of Fame.

"Just be done with it."

Bonds batted 0.298 and accumulated 1,996 RBIs over 2,986 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1986-1992) and Giants (1993-2007), who retired his number 25 on 11 August 2018.