Wayne Rooney Smoking: Not Cool!

Burner August 3, 2010 11

Understandably, soccer players do the same things as everyday folk do. But, when it comes to being Rooney smoking cigaretteat the top of your soccer game, there are certain things you must adhere to. The most important is taking care of your body.

Earlier this week, Wayne Rooney was spotted poolside smoking a cigarette in a Las Vegas hotel while honeymooning with wife Coleen. To be honest, this could have been a once off, or Rooney could just enjoy the occasional cigarette, but either way we say “Not Cool, Wayne!”

Why is smoking cigarettes bad for athletes?

  • One of the main impacts of smoking on athletic performance is a decrease in lung function, leading to a decrease in stamina and performance, as muscles that get inadequate oxygen become fatigued more quickly.
  • Smoking causes the blood vessels to constrict and become blocked with plaque, and it can also increase blood pressure. Constricted blood vessels reduce blood flow to the muscles, further limiting the amount of oxygen the muscles receive.
  • It can lead to greater chance of injury. When the muscles, heart and brain do not receive enough oxygen, mental and physical acuity can drop. This can cause athletes to make poor decisions.

(Find more information on the effects of smoking on athletes here)

However, Rooney is not the first professional footballer to be caught smoking, as this top ten from the Mirror reveals.

The legendary Brazilian captain and World Cup winner got through two packets a day during his playing career and continued to smoke after he retired. He’s now a medical doctor.

Gazza and Teddy Sheringham
In the run up to Euro ’96 both Gazza and Teddy Sheringham were spotted with tabs on the go. We suspect the reason why they weren’t collared by the FA, or indeed the press, for this misdemeanour was because it occurred on the same night as the infamous ‘dentist’s chair’ incident.

Robert Prosinečki
Ex-Crotaian international Robert Prosinečki was famous in his homeland for being a heavy smoker. He was as well known for his ability to chug away on more than 40 ciggies a day as he was for his midfield prowess. When he was joined Portsmouth in 2001 word is that he cut down… to 20 a day. He lasted one season.

David Ginola
The French love a smoke – if it was an Olympic sport they’d take gold in Beijing – which is probably why ex-Spurs head-turner and shampoo hawker David Ginola enjoyed the odd Gitanes during his playing career. Who says smoking isn’t sexy?

Zinedine Zidane
Another Frenchie caught with a salmon between his lips was Zinedine Zidane who was snapped puffing away ahead of France’s 2006 World Cup semi-final against Portugal. The thing is Zizou fronted an anti-smoking campaign in 2002. D’oh!

Maradona, one of the most prolific footballers in history, began to smoke after he retired from the game. He spent 10 days in intensive care in 2004 with breathing problems, which may or may not have been down to smoking. But probably was. Maradona recognised in 2005 that Wayne Rooney was a closely cut copy of himself, which may not have been a bad observation.

Johann Cruyff
Johann Cruyff was smoking 20 cigarettes a day, prior to heart surgery in 1991, at a time when he was coaching Barcelona. He was also often seen lighting up in the RFK locker room as he talked to reporters. Nowadays, the legendary Dutchman fronts a campaign by the Health Department of the Catalan autonomous government against smoking. And to think, it only took him a double heart bypass to see the error of his ways.

Stanley Matthews
Stanley Matthews was not a smoker himself, but in 1954 he nonetheless backed an advertisement for Craven A cigarettes, who put his “smooth ball control” down to the “smoothness of Craven A”.

Fabien Barthez
Fabien Barthez was a high-profile smoker during his time in the Prem. After a game for Man United against Southampton in 2003, defeated manager Gordon Strachan was furious when he returned to his non-smoking office and found cigarettes stubbed out in an ashtray. It seemed that the injured Barthez had been in the room after being stretchered off in the second half. The Scottish manager later said that he “must have been taken off for smoker’s cough”.

David James
England’s number one confessed to a 15 year 20-a-day smoking habit earlier this year in his newspaper column. “I spent most of my career puffing away on fags: after training, before matches and even on the team coach,” he wrote. We’re surprised his afro never caught fire.

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  1. Tim Hoare August 5, 2010 at 2:01 am -

    Wow! Eye opening. I guess when you work out so constantly, smoking doesn’t really have as much of an effect.

  2. Burner August 5, 2010 at 3:27 pm -

    Rooney has not scored since March! And his performances in South Africa only lead to the belief that there was something else going on. Smoking affects a players performance in all circumstances.

  3. Randy Tinfow August 8, 2010 at 11:00 pm -

    I play, not quite at Rooney’s level, but have played at the highest levels of amateur ball….Cup and League Cup Finals. The night before an important game, I shared a couple of cigs with a date. One of the worst games of my life! My legs felt heavy and my chest was screaming for air. Coach yanked me from the game. Took me about ten days to recover from the affects of the smoking. I never smoked again, and won’t stay in a room that is heavy with smoke.

    I’m certain that you can adapt to smoking, but your performance can never be close to what you would have with clean lungs.

    This explains a lot about Rooney and his abysmal, sluggish performance in the W.C. I hope Sir Alex reams him a new one.

  4. adams9802 August 11, 2010 at 7:28 am -

    Oh shut up. One fag isn’t going to kill or hurt anyone, last time I checked one is free to smoke ciggs. Get off your high horse and pull that giant cactus out of your ass.

  5. Lars September 7, 2010 at 9:59 pm -

    Randy: your a pussy

  6. cheesypeas81 October 14, 2010 at 4:31 pm -

    erm? Zidane, the player of a generation. Maradonna, considered one of the two of the greatest players ever. Socrates, captain of a great brasillian team. David James, still a top class keeper at 40! Also worth noting is Micheal Phelps, the most successful olympic swimmer ever. So what if rooney smokes, it would seem that’s not the problem, he just need’s to learn how to handle the pressure of the media or stop messing around with loose women to get back to the top of his game.

  7. Chad December 16, 2010 at 12:23 am -

    Mario Balotelli smokes. Theres a picture of him and his hot-ass girlfriend in a club and hes smoking a cig. If a baseball pitcher can take acid and pitch a perfect game, whats wrong with a few heaters?

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