The 10 Worst Divers Currently in the English Premier League
Whether you love it or hate it, diving is a part of world football and an aspect of the game that will be around for many, many more years to come.
Some players embrace it more than others, with some even perfecting the known art of "diving" to the point that could start getting phone calls for Oscar awards.
Who are the worst divers currently in the English Premier League?
Read on to find out the top 10.
Ashley Young (Manchester United)
We kick off our list with Manchester United winger Ashley Young—a known perpetrator and diving specialist, who has won undeserved penalties for the Red Devils plenty of times throughout this career.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson even spoke to the England international about his diving habits last season and whilst the antics have subsided somewhat since then, Young is still one of the biggest divers currently in the English Premier League.
Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
After putting in a shameful effort in Tottenham Hotspur's recent 2-0 victory over Aston Villa, there is little doubt as to whether or not Gareth Bale can be considered a "diver."
Dan Fitch at ESPN Soccernet wrote a scathing piece on Bale earlier in the week—stating that he is "a diver and Spurs fans are ashamed of him"—and whether or not that's completely true, Bale is still a deserved entry onto this list.
Fernando Torres (Chelsea)
He might not hit the deck as much now as he used to—perhaps because he can finally hit the back of the net this season—but Fernando Torres is still one of the worst divers in the English Premier League.
Any doubters of El Nino's diving ability need to look no further than this terrible effort against Manchester United two years ago.
Nani (Manchester United)
Why have one Manchester United winger when you can have two?
Not only is Ashley Young a terrible diver, Portuguese international Nani is also partial to the odd "simulation" effort or two—though not according to manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Fergie said recently this season (per BBC Sport) that "Nani is not the type to dive—he has never been that type of player".
I can think of a few Liverpool fans who might think otherwise.
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
When he eventually retires, Liverpool and England legend Steven Gerrard will go down as one of the greatest players to play the modern game.
However, he will also most likely go down as a "diver—despite his best efforts to state his intentions to stamp diving out of the game and ridicule those who do indeed take a tumble all too easily.
Maybe what Gerrard needs most isn't a microphone, but a mirror; for he truly is one of the worst divers currently in the English Premier League.
Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland)
Sunderland striker Sebastian Larsson might not come to mind immediately when thinking of the biggest divers currently in the Premier League, but all those who have watched the Swedish international play know exactly what he is capable of doing.
Larsson carries through his dives to perfection—extending them right through to the end, complete with an agony-riddled face and writhing in pain—and often gets away with it.
Now if only he could learn to convert the penalty he wins from his dives.
Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers)
Junior Hoilett was a perennial diver for Blackburn Rovers last season and now that he's moved on to greener pastures at Queens Park Rangers, albeit barely, the English Premier League now gets another season of watching the winger spread himself out on the pitch.
Just how bad can he be?
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
When your manager has to come out and say that you don't get awarded penalties that you deserve because you don't stay on your feet as much as you need, you're more than likely going to get stuck with the diving tag by English Premier League fans.
That's the case for Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard (per ESPN Soccernet), who has won more penalties than any other player this season and, it seems, has also won himself the tag that nobody wants.
All because he doesn't stay on his feet.
Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)
Calm down Liverpool fans, Antonio Valencia is on the list. After all, why have two Manchester United wingers when you can have three?
Whether the penalty Valencia won against Liverpool at Anfield earlier this season was or wasn't a penalty is besides the point—the Red Devils winger is a diver and he has gotten away with very soft fouls before in the English Premier League.
And for that, he must be considered a diver.
Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
But what list of divers would be complete without Liverpool's Luis Suarez, who is perhaps one of the biggest divers not just in the EPL, but also in world football?
The Uruguayan international has dominated diving news lately, with Stoke City manager Tony Pulis stating that he should be banned for his pathetic attempts to win penalties (per FoxSports.com).
Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has hit back at the critics—as has Suarez—but at the end of the day, there is little debate as to whether or not the 26-year-old is one of the worst in the English Premier League.
He is one of the worst offenders and the diving tag has well and truly stuck. As it should.
Agree? Disagree? Any divers that we missed for this list?
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