The last football player I heard of to have a big smoking habit was Blackburn Rovers and Turkey midfielder Tugay. In an interview with BBC radio Lancashire former Blackburn team mates Matt Jansen and Garry Flitcroft told of how Tugay would disappear in the toilet cubicals before games for a smoke and how he would often be seen with a huge cuban cigar around the training ground.
Tugay's smoking habits were a source of great irritation to Robbie Savage. The pair used to drive to training together when they were at Blackburn and Savage joked in his autobiography that Tugay would have about five cigarettes in his mouth at the same time.
Wayne Rooney has been caught on camera having a sneaky fag, something which Alex Ferguson will frown upon, no doubt. Equally David James used to be a secret smoker a few years ago and may well still be.
Not a current day player, but a story worth recounting neverthless.
Gerson, the generalissimo of Brazil's 1970 World Cup winning team, was a chain smoker, a three packets a day man.
When he played in Mexico, at the end of each half, he would have a member of the coaching staff waiting on the touchline with a lit cigarette.
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.