Best Flops of the World Cup

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Best Flops of the World Cup
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It seems that the World Cup has a lot more in common with the Academy Awards than it does the Super Bowl, as the winners are apparently determined based on their acting skills more than their athletic ability.

Indeed, this year's tournament has seen the infamous "flop" technique play a key role in multiple matches.

Of course, not all floppers are created equal, and not everyone has the artistic ability to flop with the necessary emotion, passion and realism. There are a select few footballers who have been able to do this and more.

The greatest floppers are able to take the simplest bit of contact and turn it into debilitating pain.

A tap of the arm becomes a shattered limb. A bump of the leg becomes a minute of writhing pain on the grass. A cough becomes a shove that sends them flailing to the ground.

Too much time has been wasted this World Cup celebrating the dynamic scorers and the impenetrable goalkeepers.

Today, let's celebrate the men who have made the biggest real accomplishments in this sacred tournament.

Forget goals. Forget saves. Today, we celebrate the flops.


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