From Cristiano Ronaldo to Dida: 10 Incredibly Obvious Dives

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistOctober 11, 2012

From Cristiano Ronaldo to Dida: 10 Incredibly Obvious Dives

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    In a week where Luis Suarez has been persecuted for his on-field antics, and Michael Owen admitted to diving on the world's biggest stage, despite no one asking him, it seems fitting to trawl the vaults to take a look at some of the biggest perpetrators of simulation in the game.

    Stand by for the top of the flops...

Cesc Fabregas

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    In a League Cup clash between Arsenal and Chelsea that was long enough ago for Arjen Robben to have hair, Cesc Fabregas ever-so-slightly overreacted to contact from the aforementioned Dutchman's trailing arm.

    Thankfully, no future Barcelona substitutes were harmed in the making of this clip.

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Never one to stray from the opportunity to get an opponent in hot water, Cristiano Ronaldo's diving highlight reel is roughly twice the length of the Apocalypse Now Director's Cut.

    Here's a sample from a 2010 Champions League match with AC Milan, and an imaginary challenge from Ignazio Abate.


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    Shortly after Scott McDonald scored the winner in Celtic's surprise 2-1 victory over Milan in October 2007, a fan ran onto the pitch and lightly tapped goalkeeper Dida's shoulder.

    The injury was so excruciatingly painful, that after briefly giving chase, he fell to the ground and needed a stretcher to leave the field. 

    The Brazilian earned a two-game ban for his theatrics. 

Knut Anders Fostervold

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    Former Molde defender Knut Anders Fostervold is now a professional cyclist, but the Internet will forever remember him for his excellent comic timing during this match with Stabæk.

    The delayed reaction to a slap from Pétur Marteinsson became so famous that John Carew later parodied it in a goal celebration.

Fernando Torres

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    In a World Cup 2010 Group Stage match with Chile, Fernando Torres made light contact with the knee of Marco Estrada, giving him little choice but to perform his impression of a salmon leaping from the clutches of a hungry bear.

Bryan Carrasco

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    Similar to the scene in Fight Club where Edward Norton's character violently beats himself up, Chilean U20 international Bryan Carrasco used an opponent's arm to strike his own face during a match against Ecuador to dupe the referee into awarding a free kick.

    And it worked.

Alberto Gilardino

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    Dida isn't the only Milan star who finds it hard to stay on his feet during Champions League matches with Celtic.

    World Cup winning striker Alberto Gilardino gives an Oscar-worthy performance in this clip, which evokes a chuckle of disbelief from the Swedish commentator.

Jurgen Klinsmann

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    When your most famous goalscoring celebration is a parody dive simulation, it's fair to say you have a reputation.

    Jurgen Klinsmann's attempt to get past Argentina's Pedro Monzon in the 1990 World Cup Final consisted of an impressive leap, three spectacular rolls and a red card for the baffled defender.

Rivaldo Ferreira

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    In an age of instant replays and multiple camera angles, Rivaldo Ferreira's decision to go down clutching his face after being struck on the shin in a 1998 World Cup Group Stage match with Turkey was a little short-sighted.

    The Turkish defender who kicked the ball was sent off, and Rivaldo later received a fine of 11,670 Swiss Francs for his blatant disregard for sportsmanship.

Morten Gamst Pedersen

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    Few dives in the beautiful game have been as hilariously unsubtle as Morten Gamst Pedersen's effort against Arsenal in March 2009. The Norwegian winger gets a few yards past the last defender, looks over his shoulder to catch a glimpse of the referee, and then sprawls himself out on the turf.

    Pedersen later claimed he was not looking for a penalty and accidentally tripped himself up, but it seems unlikely he would have contested the penalty if it was offered. Which it wasn't.