Jack Wilshere isn’t the first footballer to smoke, and he won’t be the last. He joins Arsenal team-mate Mesut Ozil, Barcelona star Lionel Messi, Mario Balotelli and more.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been pictured smoking a cigarette, and his manager Arsene Wenger has told the assembled press that he plans to have a word with the England international midfielder.
However, Wilshere is far from the only footballer to have smoked, and he will certainly not be the last.
Here’s a top ten of our favourite smoking footballers.
1. Jack Wilshere
No wonder he’s tense. Aaron Ramsey has emerged from his shadow to become the lifeblood of the Arsenal team, and thanks to the signings of Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Flamini, Wilshere is far from assured of his place in the Gunners first choice midfield.
Sometimes, sitting back with a cigarette just feels right. Other times, you get lung cancer. Swings and roundabouts.
Wilshere pictured smoking via the sun pic.twitter.com/HllMdW5TLN
— RYO_cleverfish (@RYO_cleverfish) October 4, 2013
The Arsenal man was pictured again in summer 2014 with a cigarette, and in February 2015 Jack Wilshere was spotted with a shisha pipe in his hand.
2. Lionel Messi
Jack Wilshere will never become one of the world’s best players if he smokes. This guy is terrible at football.
— Becky Flaherty (@FlahertyNo1) January 14, 2013
Given that his team-mates support an anti-smoking campaign, Messi lighting up may not have gone down brilliantly at Camp Nou.
— Leigh Moore (@Leigh_Moore) February 20, 2013