It is often said that soccer players have to have an immaculately healthy lifestyle to be at their best physically. This is not always true. We can see with our top 10 smoking soccer players that some of them are very competent and manage to run kilometers despite their affected lungs. Others, however, seem to be vulnerable because of their weakness for cigarettes. On your marks, ready, set, smoke!
- Jack Wilshere
He is undoubtedly an expert in this area. Very talented, when he is not injured, Jack Wilshere is one of the heaviest smokers among the soccer celebrities. Caught red-handed several times by the British press, the Arsenal midfielder annoys Arsene Wenger but does not deprive himself of his little weakness. Doesn’t keep him from running like crazy in the field...
- Mario Balotelli
Wherever there’s silliness and foolishness, you can find Mario. In addition to multiple scandals he was the brilliant author of; the Italian striker is a known for smoking and doesn’t hide it anymore to the public eye. Nothing can surprise us anymore from Mario anyway...
- Kevin-Prince Boateng
Just like Mario Balotelli, Kevin-Prince Boateng is never far away when it comes to behavioral problems. Despite his immense talent, the German-Ghanaian failed to have a great career. Looking at the photo below, you might have a little idea why...
- Mesut Ozil
Magnificent in Bundesliga and in Liga, Mesut Ozil has more difficulties to impose himself in the Premier League. Maybe everything is moving way too fast for him. If he keeps smoking every time he goes on vacation, things might not get any better…
- Ashley Cole
In the UK, Ashley Cole is a hot topic for the tabloids. His story with Cheryl Cole fascinated the British press, which did not hesitate to create controversies regarding various infidelities of the English player. In addition to being a naughty husband, Ashley Cole is a heavy smoker. Where is he going to stop…?
- Wayne Rooney
Between alcohol, junk food and cigarette, no wonder Wayne Rooney is losing his hair. For a professional soccer player, the Manchester United striker does not have a healthy lifestyle. But his performances on the fields are so good it makes us wonder where he gets it from. He’s on fire!
- Dimitar Berbatov
Berbatov is not Rooney however. Also a great smoker, the Bulgarian striker does not seem to be able to handle the cigarette and the ball at the same time. Even though he manages to compensate with his extraordinary technical skills, his efforts on the ground are still poor. Just as his lungs, without any doubt.
- Wesley Sneijder
Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau’s son Jessy has a record as long as his father. Big star Galatasaray, Wesley Sneijder has a life worth envying. Nothing seems to be out of reach for him, not even the cigarette which is permanently part of his environment. He has no worries…
- Marco Verratti
By engaging in a competition of number of kilometers traveled during a game against Blaise Matuidi, Marco Verratti proved that he was in shape. But since the Italian genius has a strong taste for risk-taking, he decided to smoke some cigarettes to give Blaise a chance. Unbelievable!
- Lionel Messi
He may not be the biggest smoker, but he is definitely the most surprising! Lionel Messi was caught smoking when he was on vacation. What if that was the secret of his success?
In addition to these smokers, other soccer legends were also very performant despite their addiction to cigarettes. Among them: Oliver Kahn, Fabien Barthez, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, George Best, Paul Gascoigne, Diego Armando Maradona or Socrates.