Since some retired footballers are being
mentioned on this topic, then I will do the same. Before I do, here is a photo
of former Brazilian and current Anzhi Makhachkala left back Roberto Carlos
smoking outside at a nightclub.
Here is one of Ronaldo doing the same at the same nightclub:
Rui Costa, who is now Benfica’s current sporting director, smokes and has always smoked throughout his football career. In fact, he even admitted it during an interview with Expresso.
Rui Costa: “Today, I can tell you: Always smoked. Never said I did, so I presume, especially to not give a bad example to the young lads and future players. I know that it is not good for an athlete. It is a bad habit and I have decided, very soon, to stop.”
However, he has not stopped and has been smoking a lot more after retiring. The cameras sometimes catch him smoking during Benfica’s matches.
Also, Portugal’s current head coach Paulo Bento is said to smoke 11 cigarettes a day and that he and Rui Costa, along with Damas, Paulo Futre, João Pinto, Paulo Sousa, Barthez, and Vialli, would smoke not only during practice, but also during halftime! João Pinto admitted this during an interview at a now defunct late night talk show Lado B.
He begins admitting this at 2:20 until 3:02. If any of you want me to translate João Pinto admitting this, then I will be glad to translate it.