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10. Dani Alves
Dani Alves has an incredible eight year spell at Barcelona, where he won up to 23 titles in total. He was simply brilliant on the pitch with both his attacking and defending displays. However, he was also known for falling down very easily and playacting to get the calls in his favor.
Although he isn’t diving as much these days, Alves was notorious for it during his early days at Barcelona and the most memorable one was against Real Madrid in the 2010/11 Champions League semi final clash, where he had Pepe sent off without any contact between the two.
9. Cristiano Ronaldo
When Cristiano Ronaldo first signed for Manchester United in 2003, he was a tall, extremely skinny teenager who was known for only two things — doing unnecessary tricks and diving.
About 15 years have passed and Ronaldo has gained about 30 pounds of muscle since then, but he still falls over very easily when somebody gets near him. Especially this season, where he is struggling to find his scoring boots in front of goal, the Portuguese can be seen finding an easy way out by trying to trick the referees to give him a penalty. He was sent off during the Spanish Super Cup versus Barcelona in August for simulation, but the 33-year-old still hasn’t learned his lesson.
8. Luis Suarez
For years, fans in England constantly abused Luis Suarez for diving and playacting in a Liverpool shirt. But when he signed for Barcelona in 2014, it looked like Suarez has changed for the better as he started focusing more on actually playing the game rather than trying to deceive the referees.
However, the Uruguayan went back to being his former self last season to help his team out. When Barcelona desperately needed goals against PSG, he delivered an Oscar-worthy playacting against Marquinhos to get a penalty in the 90th minute. Suarez also managed to earn a penalty against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup without Keylor Navas making any contact with him.
Similarly to Cristiano Ronaldo’s early days at Manchester United, Neymar is notorious for showboating and diving since he made his debut with Santos aged 17. Although he is very talented, the fact that he is very small means defenders usually try to bully him off the ball — thus causing Neymar to dive and get an advantage.
He has gotten in plenty of on-field altercations and fights because of his behavior on the pitch, recently against Colombia in the 2015 Copa America and Atletico Madrid. Several managers and former players have warned the Brazilian to grow up if he really wants to become the best player one day.
6. Arjen Robben
Most pf the players on this list are hated by many for diving, but Arjen Robben is hated by one country in particular — Mexico.
During the Round of 16 game against Mexico in the 2014 World Cup, Robben produced one of the biggest Oscar-worthy performances to earn a last minute penalty for the Netherlands, which helped them reach the quarter finals. He was criticized heavily and it is safe to say he will not be welcomed at the North American nation anytime soon. Apart from that incident, Robben is known for diving regularly since his days at Chelsea, and that doesn’t look to change anytime soon.
5. Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba is no doubt one of the strongest players in the world. But ironically, he is one of the biggest divers to ever play the game. He generally tries to bully defenders off the ball but if that isn’t successful, his second option usually is to dive and get an advantage.
Drogba was always known for diving since he signed for Chelsea, but his biggest infamous moment came during the 2011/12 Champions League clash against Napoli, where he fell covering face and screaming in pain but looked up to see whether or not the referee noticed.
4. Ashley Young
Ashley Young may not dive too often, but is notoriously known for it since he has been playing in England all his life — a country where diving is frowned upon.
Although these days, it is hard to spot Young diving or playacting on the pitch but during his day with Aston Villa and early days with Manchester United, he was constantly criticized for always trying to deceive the referees.
3. Sergio Busquets
Sergio Busquets may be the best player to play in his position, but he will always be known for the infamous dive against Inter Milan in 2010 — where he faked an injury to get Thiago Motta sent off.
Busquets also received a lot of criticisms during the 2010/11 Champions League semi final clash with Real Madrid, where he was seen trying to get opposition players like Marcelo, Pepe, and Xabi Alonso sent off from the game constantly.
2. Gareth Bale
During his days with Tottenham Hotspur, Gareth Bale was not only known as a terrifying winger but also as a diver who would go down even without any contact. He was seen falling down very easily, and was met with a lot of criticism from other managers and fans across the country.
Ironically since moving to Spain, where diving is a lot more common, Bale has been diving less. However, he is also getting a lot of injuries and has barely featured for Real Madrid in the last two seasons. There are talks of him possibly returning to England in the summer, and one has to wonder whether his diving habits will come back.
1. Luis Nani
In the number one spot, we have Nani who only only has a similar playing style as Cristiano Ronaldo, but a similar diving style as well. During his days with Manchester United, Nani was notorious for diving and falling down with every little contact. Recently while playing for Valencia and Lazio, he seems to have matured a bit but most football fans will always associate the Portuguese with constant dives during his time at the Premier League.
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Posted by Premier Football on Friday, January 12, 2018