Radja Nainggolan shakes a packet of cigarettes in Belgium hotel

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There have been numerous incidents involving professional footballers smoking cigarettes; the likes of Jack Wilshere and Marcos Rojo have been caught outside nightclubs enjoying a puff, but it's not too often that players openly express their habits. 

That is until now. Belgium international Radja Nainggolan has well and truly hit the headlines following England's Euro 2016 showdown against Slovakia. 

While the game itself was a dire affair - Roy Hodgson's side failed to break down the opposition - a video of the Belgium national side watching the contest has now emerged. 


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And Nainggolan's actions were, well, comically outrageous. The AS Roma man, who has been linked with a move to Premier League outfit Chelsea, opted to shake a packet of cigarettes at the camera. 

You certainly wouldn't see someone in the mould of Cristiano Ronaldo do such a thing, but you have to admire Nainggolan's openness nonetheless. 

We're certainly not advocates for sportsmen smoking, but at least Nainggolan is confident enough to express himself. 

You can see the video here: 

Wilmots reacts

Belgium boss Marc Wilmots, who will take charge of the side for their Euro 2016 Round of 16 clash against Hungary on Sunday has admitted that he's not going to stop the player from smoking. 

"Yes, he smokes. That's a habit, and in France and Italy many do it," he told Belgian outlet Sporza, as per the Express.

"If he needs it, I'm not going to stop him. I am flexible about it. It is his own body and as long as he performs on the field, I have no problem.

"I always make sure that we give a room with a balcony to Raja, the smoke alarm will not go off. He is the only one who smokes at the Red Devils in my opinion.

"If I forbid him to smoke 5-6 cigarettes a day, he breaks the chamber of myself. And it's his problem if he mean but can play football until his 30th instead of the 35th."

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