One of the greatest athletes ever enjoyed the odd cigarette. Smoking on occasion did not stop him getting thee NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game) as well as being named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN
Sir Bradley Wiggins
Four time Olympic Champion and Tour De France winner was pictured smoking in August last year. For a sport which relies so much on lung capacity, the odd smoke did not stop him from becoming the 1st English winner of the hardest race in the world
A glass of red wine and a cigarette. That is how the French relax, and it is how Zinadine Zidane relaxed prior to the 2006 World Cup semi final against Portugal
The greatest cricketer of his generation and the best bowler of all time not only smoked, he was a chain smoker, a womaniser and a legend. 145 test matches, 194 ODIs, over 50,000 balls bowled on an international stage. Oh yeah, 1,000 international wickets too
Former world number 8, Wimbledon semi finalist, twice winner of the Australian Open in doubles and absolute babe. She once said “My smoking has nothing to do with my tennis.”
Used to smoke 20 cigarettes a day up until 1991 when he quit after a double heart bypass surgery. Proof, if any, that smoking a lot does not stop you becoming one of the worlds greatest footballers.
He might never have been pictured smoking a cigarette, but the greatest Olympian of all time with 22 medals including 18 golds was once caught smoking from a bong
Was once photographed with a cigarette in his mouth whilst training with Leeds, he made a club record 773 appearances for Leeds. Add in his England caps, he had of 800 top level games.
The most expensive baseballer in history was picture smoking a cigar. In 2007 he signed a 10 year contract worth $275,000,000. I bet he celebrated by lighting a cigarette with a $100 note
He smoke. He drank. He ate. Proof, if needed, that if you pick the right sport when young, you can do whatever the hell you want.
Other footballing smokers:
Ossie Ardiles, Mario Balotelli, Fabien Barthez, Dimitar Berbatov, Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Coentrao, Ashley Cole, Vincenzo Iaquinta, David James, Federico Macheda, Sir Stanley Matthews, Jackie Milburn, Alessandro Nesta, Robert Prosinecki, Wayne Rooney, Socrates, Gianluca Vialli, Jack Wilshere