NICKLAS BENDTNER has revealed how several top players have smoked throughout their careers.
Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon are just two of the stars the Dane has shared a dressing room with – although he has claimed it was in the toilets where they lit up.
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Nicklas Bendtner has lifted the lid on his former team-mates’ smoking habitsCredit: AP:Associated Press
Bendtner, 32, spent a loan spell at Juventus in 2012-13 and recalled the ‘amazing’ sight from his first day.
He told 5 Live: “It was in the bathroom, I couldn’t find the guys and it was a little bit weird.
“You know, it was my first day. Obviously I got quite quickly onto the coffee wagon as well.
“Then I found ten or twelve of them in the toilets, just having a coffee, talking, enjoying each other’s company – and having a cig.
“It was an amazing sight and made me feel like this was something I will enjoy.”
When asked about Pirlo and Buffon specifically, Bendtner insisted they could not be faulted for their professionalism.
It was much more of a thing in Italy, much more of a normality than in England.
He added: “What can you say to these guys?
“If you look at their careers and how professional they are, it was a real eye opener to me actually regarding these two.
“Because the professionalism they showed on the pitch and the camaraderie was on a different level, so no one thought anything of [smoking].”
Having struggled to make his mark at Arsenal, the striker spent time with Wolfsburg and Nottingham Forest before returning to Scandinavia.
He noted: “It’s funny because you remember when Mario Balotelli came to England and everyone said about him smoking in the toilets.
Nicklas Bendtner once posted a snapshot of himself fishing while enjoying a cigar to his Instagram Credit: https://www.instagram.com/bendtner/
“And it became this massive story in the paper – a player smoking.
“In every single club I’ve played in, players have been smoking.
“It was much more of a thing in Italy, much more of a normality than in England.”
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