Here is a list of 10 football stars who never leave their cigarette packs.
Considered one of the best guardians in the world, Gianluigi Buffon is a fan of cigarettes. The Italian keeper does not refuse a cigarette from time to time.
Olivier Giroud: If some are hiding to do so, Olivier Giroud is not of this world. The Arsenal striker often appears with a cigar in his hand.
Mario Balotelli: Between Mario Balotelli and cigarettes, it’s a love story. The former Manchester City striker uses so much, to the point that he was sanctioned by the Milanese leaders, for having smoked in the toilets of a train.
Zinedine Zidane: Sacred European champion this year with Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane does not miss to shoot from time to time. The French technician was surprised in 2006 by paparazzi in the process of grilling himself, on the eve of the semi-final of the World Cup against Portugal.
Fabien Barthez and Laurent Blanc: Team-mates at Manchester United, Fabien Barthez and Laurent Blanc had their particularity. They smoked so much that their teammates never failed to tease them. “At United the laundry was regularly full of smoke in the morning because Laurent Blanc and Fabien Barthez did not want to start training without smoking a cigarette,” said Paul Scholes, a former English club player.
Maro Verratti: The Italian midfielder of Paris Saint-Germain is an adept. Redoubtable on the lawns, the Italian international was even caught red-handed during his holidays in Ibiza. The former Pescara player has never spoken of this openly, but his taste for tobacco is known almost by all.
Jérémy Mathieu: He publicly recognized his taste for cigarettes. After his signing to FC Barcelona, the French defender had indicated his ability to “grill” a pack a day.
Gerard Piqué and Cesc Fabregas: Team-mates in Spain, Gerard Piqué and Cesc Fabregas are not hiding. They often appear with their cigars in their hands.