When football fitness coaches go through what type of lifestyle a professional player should lead, being a regular smoker would not be top of the list.
Despite this, a number of modern players are partial to a cigarette, and despite the habit being in decline in professional sport, there are still some big-name stars who smoke on a regular basis.
But who are the most famous footballers to be well-known smokers?
Mario Balotelli- The Italian frontman has been criticised a number of times by Roberto Mancini for his party lifestyle, and it has been reported that he has been left out of Manchester City’s side on many occasions after run-ins with his manager. The club have apparently offered him some counselling to try and kick the habit, but this has been refused by the former Inter striker, although after he was left off the substitute’s bench against Real Madrid on Tuesday he may rethink his attitude towards it.
Wayne Rooney- Manchester United striker Rooney has been reported as having a number of extra-curricular activities when away from the field, of which smoking is one of the less controversial. The former Everton forward has faced crtiticism in the past regarding his fitness, which wouldn’t have been helped by smoking, but it obviously hasn’t affected his talent.
Dimitar Berbatov- Fulham’s new signing is unquestionably one of the most naturally talented players to have graced the Premier League in recent years, but a number of supporters have questioned his fitness after he has been spotted walking languidly around the field when the ball is not near him. This could be down to his smoking habit which has arguably dogged his career, although he will now have someone to share his cigarettes with at Craven Cottage as manager Martin Jol shares his habit.
Federico Macheda- Manchester United striker Macheda has faded somewhat after he burst onto the scene in dramatic fashion after he scored the winning goal against Aston Villa in 2009, and that could be down to the smoking habit that he has taken up in his time in the North West. He is now the fifth choice striker at Old Trafford and he may be helped by giving upon the cigarettes.
Slaven Bilic- Lokomotiv Moscow manager Bilic has been compared to a rockstar due to his dress sense and his apparent general attitude towards life, and that image is helped by his penchant for cigarettes. The ex-Croatia coach is probably the least surprising smoker in this list.
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