24 pictures of top footballers smoking

Starring Rooney, Neymar, Özil, Fellaini, Wilshere, Zidane, Buffon, Drogba and many more.

Is there a smoking footballer behind this?

Elite athletes and tobacco: they shouldn’t mix, but these pictures of top footballers smoking show that there are plenty of naughty boys plying their trade in the beautiful game.

Man Utd and Belgium star Marouane Fellaini is the latest to be caught in the act, a furtive photo having been taken of him smoking a cigar with his brother while holidaying in Ibiza.

He’s far from the only one, mind – some of football’s biggest and most successful names have been snapped puffing away, albeit with no little controversy.

Bearing all the appropriate health warnings in mind, have a look at the following 24 pictures of footballers smoking:

Marouane Fellaini

As mentioned, here’s the extravagantly coiffured midfielder-cum-target man taking in a poolside cigar with his doppelgänger of a sibling:

Fellaini smoking a cigar on holiday! Where's the Fire Marshall? Those trees could go up at any minute!#MUFC pic.twitter.com/eyVrJEkAmo

— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) July 6, 2016

Jack Wilshere

The injury-prone Arsenal scamp has been caught out not once but twice – first for a cigarette outside a nightclub:

Jack wilshere is out for 10 weeks. cigarettes anyone? pic.twitter.com/0ICI8DKOw2

— Isaac schweinsteiger (@isaacgbenga7) November 25, 2014

And once with a hookah pipe:

Roy Hodgson: There's nothing wrong with Jack Wilshere's shisha smoking – I've done it myself pic.twitter.com/BbWe7k3F1e

— Sokkaa (@ThisIsSokkaa) February 13, 2015

Mind you, his manager enjoyed the odd touchline smoke back in the day:

#Arsenal Arsene Wenger: I used to smoke in the dugout and was a cigarette salesman pic.twitter.com/ntrQMRo90M

— joe hari darmawan (@jhdofficial14) January 10, 2015

Zinedine Zidane

Wilshere tried to justify his smoking by tweeting this picture of France legend Zidane:


— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) October 4, 2013

He was met with a curt rebuttal (not from the real Gareth Bale, we hasten to add):

.@JackWilshere Zidane won a world cup single handily. You lost a league cup final to a team that got relegated.

— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale22) October 4, 2013

Wayne Rooney

Here’s the Man Utd and England striker looking somewhat at ease, if not exactly graceful, with a fag in hand:

@alkapranos @BowieSmoking Alex, not everyone looks cool smoking, just ask Rozza @WayneRooney pic.twitter.com/jUO4gdqCgc

— David McDougall (@achtung_davie) September 30, 2015

Wojciech Szczęsny

What is it about Man Utd and Arsenal? Here’s the Gunners’ Polish goalkeeper, in a rather fetching hat, smoking with a bevy of belles at a pub in Warsaw:

Again, Wojciech Szczesny caught smoking when enjoyed night out with friends at pub in Warsaw, Poland. #Arsenal #afc pic.twitter.com/RE9Ws1OJpP

— Info Arsenal (@infoAFC) June 5, 2015

Gerard Piqué (x2) and Cesc Fàbregas

Barcelona and Spain defender Piqué celebrated winning the 2015 Champions League by kicking back with a dressing room cigar alongside Pepe Reina:

Note to Jack Wilshere: These are the circumstances in which it's ok for a footballer to be photographed smoking. pic.twitter.com/tHig0ffgRi

— Scottish Comedy FC (@ScotComFC) June 6, 2015

But it wasn’t the first time he’s been pictured smoking – here he is alongside Fàbregas, now of Chelsea:

Pique and Cesc share a Cigar! pic.twitter.com/yRh4Zsspcm

— Ronak Monga (@ronakmonga_fcb) January 30, 2014

Mesut Özil

Another to add to the Arsenal contingent of smokers, here’s the German play-maker toking on a beach:

Mesut Ozil looking like a character from the Godfather movies here, right down to the sneaky tab he's smoking pic.twitter.com/XzesiSR7mU

— Eugene Wong (@EWHK70) July 31, 2014

And, true to his Turkish ancestry, here he is purchasing his very own hookah pipe:

"@90thMin: Arsenal's Mesut Ozil buys SHISHA pipe as Wenger denies club has smoking problem pic.twitter.com/ma8ZvTGpoc"

— JAMES DADA BABATUNDE (@smgofgod) February 7, 2015


Brazil’s current golden boy was caught puffing away in a dressing gown:

Neymar smoking pic.twitter.com/oXjSCkxkoP

— Kyle coats (@kylecoats12) June 29, 2015

Mario Balotelli

It’s not just Balotelli’s kitchen that goes up in smoke – his relatively prolific habit could well be a reason for his total loss of form:

Jack #wilshere beware. Smoking is not only bad for your health but you also end up playing like this fella. #stopNow pic.twitter.com/Ml1ph8T9na

— Nitin Kundra (@NitinKundra) February 6, 2015

no time"@samuelJayC: Milan forward Balotelli seen smoking whilst on holiday in Miami. pic.twitter.com/b63uqEiYPa"

— Nako (@__nakos__) July 10, 2014

Ashley Cole

The former Chelsea and England left-back is another serial toker:

"@football_pict: Ashley Cole caught smoking pic.twitter.com/6rYre6aUoD"

— andi (@dhanandikaN) June 22, 2013

Tut tut Ashley cole smoking pic.twitter.com/6fv0ZCjI

— Indie (@harrison7ford) September 25, 2012

Didier Drogba

As his career wound down with Galatasaray in Turkey, the Chelsea legend clearly figured he might as well enjoy a cigar:

sigara koşmaya engel olamaz hele ki puro #drogba #smoking pic.twitter.com/FFs32y5zfz

— sezer yaaa (@bil_sezerian) May 6, 2013

Dimitar Berbatov

Surely one of the less surprising entrants on this list. With his languid playing style, you wouldn’t have been all that surprised to see him light up mid-match:

Digital Berbatov can pull off smoking…. pic.twitter.com/GL6WAObVDB

— Vochey (@vochey88) April 1, 2016

Dimitar Berbatov lectures Jack Wilshere about smoking http://t.co/KRaYbB5DxH pic.twitter.com/AItkABRMd1

— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) February 6, 2015

Gianluigi Buffon

The legendary Juventus and Italy goalkeeper, everyone:

Gianluigi Buffon is one of the smoking footballers featured

Wesley Sneijder

He may or may not have been in the deckchair next to Buffon:

Wesley Sneijder is one of the smoking footballers

Marouane Chamakh and Adel Taraabt

You can take the boys out of Morocco, and all that:

Wenger angered by seeing Marouane Chamakh (Arsenal) with Adel Taraabt (QPR) smoking shisha after the game @afcNews_ar pic.twitter.com/i1VlD0m5

— Mohammed Al Ghanim (@msalghanim) April 3, 2012

Jack Grealish

This isn’t exactly a photo of the Aston Villa youngster smoking, but it’s highly suggestive of it:

Not one newspaper arsed itself to talk about Grealish. But Wilshere & Szczesny must be slated for smoking a cigarette pic.twitter.com/sdqSfTQRHM

— Hassan Rimmani (@HassanRimmani) June 15, 2015