Smoking and football are two things that don’t really go hand-in-hand, but it does happen and Raheem Sterling has been the latest making the headlines for this habit.
The Liverpool youngster is by no means the only footballer that has been caught smoking, but one can understand why there is such uproar.
Here are a few other footballers that were caught smoking:
It’s really hard for modern day footballers to stay out of the public eye, and according to the Daily Mail, Wayne Rooney did himself no favours after the 2010 World Cup by "lighting up a cigarette, urinating against a wall and singing raucously in the street."
Balotelli has a way of annoying people he meets and plays against, but on this particular occasion he annoyed his manager Roberto Mancini. Balotelli was caught smoking while at Manchester City and it aggravated the manager, who replied with the following: "It's not okay but I'm not his father or his mother. If he was my son I would give him a kick up the arse but he's not."
The Dutchmen smoked throughout his glittering playing career with Ajax, Barcelona and Netherlands, and claims that only once did a coach question him over it. Once becoming a coach, the stress of the job left him smoking 20 a day and after three years in the job, he underwent a double heart bypass.
The Arsenal midfielder got Arsene Wenger fuming after he was pictured puffing on a cigarette outside a nightclub. Wenger issued a warning to the midfielder: "I disagree completely with that behaviour. I need to have a chat with him about that. You don't do what damages your health as a footballer. You damage your reputation when you do that in public."
Do you think professional footballers should be smoking when under contract?