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Top 10 Most Common Addictions of Soccer Players

Addiction has been part and parcel of the beautiful game for many years. It affects players in different ways, but one thing is certain, how do we go about tackling it? It is extremely difficult to face head on as it can consume an individual. This in turn can lead to a slippery slope where players can become embroiled in all sorts of strife.

According to the definition in Webster’s dictionary, addiction is described as “a strong and harmful need to regularly have something (such as a drug) or do something (such as gamble)”. When it comes to a particular addiction, there are a wide variety of areas in which players become involved. In fact, it becomes much more of habitual routine which often takes place on a daily basis. After all, footballers don’t have a regular nine to five job like ordinary Joe Public.

On the contrary, most players train until mid-afternoon and may do some weight or fitness sessions before heading back to their palatial pads. In this way, they have to fill the gaps where boredom may seep in. It is this monotony that often leads players to focus their attention on something which is a lot more unholy than thou. Instead of playing for matchsticks at the back of the team bus on the way to games, players will often enjoy playing for real money. The value can sometimes be exorbitant and at times can be in excess of $40,000. Several high profile professionals have become tangled up in this footballing web with many playing in the English Premier League. It is with regret but addiction still renders its ugly head in the game. It has not yet dispersed and still plays a role in the life of a host of professionals. Yet what are the 10 biggest footballers addictions of all time?

10 10. Affairs

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9 9. Cards (Gambling)

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8 8. Investments

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7 7. Smoking

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6 6. Horse Racing

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5 5. Computer Games

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4 4. La Dolce Vita

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3 3. Social Media

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2 2. Drugs

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1 1. Alcohol

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One of the greatest footballers of all time had a long battle with alcohol before he succumbed to it. Former Manchester United icon George Best literally had the world at his feet. But a mixture of drugs not to mention women and most predominately alcohol was something he could not eradicate. This addiction has endangered so many footballers over the years that there are just too many to mention. Paul Gascoigne has to be up there in terms of the most high profile footballers to have a genuine addiction to alcohol. At one time, Gazza was drinking heavily and had numerous problems with his ex-wife Cheryl. He has been in and out of rehabilitation clinics and relapsed several times already. His footballing friends have come to rescue to the extent where Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer paid for the former Spurs star to attend the Cottonwood clinic in Arizona. Nowadays, he cuts a forlorn figure from the one dancing across the pitch at Italia 90.

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