If the Academy Awards were given out for footballers, there would be some fierce competition. In a sport in which players are told they must make any foul as clear as possible to the referee, there is never a shortage of theatrics.
And while we certainly don’t condone diving in order to con a referee, seeing players throw themselves to the ground can be greatly entertaining and amusing – at least in a game between two sides to which you will have no emotional attachment.
We’ve looked back through recent matches and some of the classics to find some of the best, worst and most utterly ridiculous dives that have been seen on a football pitch.
They say centre halves are supposed to be big and strong…
Against the club who later chose to pay £200million for him.
A Premier League classic.
Some people have wanted to see more gamesmanship from English players for years. To others, Alli is ‘shameful’. You can’t please everyone…
Because it seems to have been taken down AGAIN… heres Dele Alli’s shameful dive earlier on! I know it wasn’t given, but surely he’s got to be punished for persistent diving? It’s every game now! pic.twitter.com/051pVOYAi9
— Realistic Irons (@RealisticIrons) February 25, 2018
Well, Alli did say Gerrard was his role model when he was younger.
This was in a friendly.
The classic flailing legs.
Quite astonishing that a dive can win a penalty, spark a mass brawl, and get two opposition players booked as well as yourself. The pure rage from Middlesbrough’s players too is something to behold.
Long’s goal somehow won Ireland the match, and this somehow won Mats Hummels a yellow card.
Ok so there were many Suarez dives we could pick from. But we went for the best.
Oh he thought he was going to get left out.
Another one with a plethora of options, but a derby, the pure distance from the defender and the fact that the referee is so close and does nothing makes this exemplary.
Yep, managers dive too. Wouldn’t see Pards going down like this.
— Wayne 10'sign (@WayneRennais) November 25, 2016
In fact, it seems quite common in Europe.
Amazing dive from Leverkusen manager Heiko Herrlich… 😂pic.twitter.com/o3dlU9yszh
— BigOdds (@BigOddsGB) December 21, 2017
The classic of the genre
Liverpool fans will be drooling over Naby Keita.
Roberto Firmino’s no-look finishes are brilliant.
When A-League goes Sunday league.
Jack Stephens got more than he bargained for.
What a Sunday afternoon.
Jose has been at it again.
Some fine play from the pair.
A different take from the United legend.
Mohamed Salah has made a lot of people very happy.