25 Biggest Divers in World Football History

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIApril 25, 2012

25 Biggest Divers in World Football History

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    Diving has almost become commonplace in World Football and there are a number of players well known for their antics on the pitch.

    A lot of the players on this list will be from recent times, as the likes of Pele, Diego Maradona and other past greats certainly didn't plot to spend much time rolling around in the grass during their playing days.

    Players on this list have committed some of the worst dives in the game and some of them dive almost regularly.

    Here are some of the Biggest Divers in World Football History.

Hamit Altintop

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    Hamit Altintop gives us diving at its best/worst. Not sure how he didn't get a yellow or red for this poor performance.

Franck Ribery

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    To be honest, I didn't really know Franck Ribery was such a diver. Wow.

Arjen Robben

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    Arjen Robben is tag-teamed with Franck Ribery in that last video. If you didn't get enough the first time—here it is again.

Sergio Busquets

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    We all know what Sergio Busquets did against Inter Milan a year or two ago. He did something similar against Real Madrid as well.

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Cristiano Ronaldo fans should be used to this by now. He will always be on lists like these, even though he has gotten a little better.

Didier Drogba

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    I guess Didier Drogba and Sergio Busquets take the same diving classes?

Milos Krasic

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    Now that Milos Krasic is playing in Serie A, though probably not for much longer, fans are better able to see his diving. I wonder if this is why Antonio Conte isn't playing him much these days?


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    To answer the uploader's question on whether this was a dive or a foul—it was a dive.

Steven Gerrard

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    Somebody doesn't like Steven Gerrard. I'm talking about the uploader, of course. As we can see here, Gerrard has done his share of diving.

Emmanuel Eboue

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    Not many EPL fans have fond memories of Emmanuel Eboue. You can see why above and also here.

Alberto Gilardino

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    Alberto Gilardino represents the Italians with a very outlandish effort here.


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    This video documents some pretty obvious dives from Neymar. Hopefully he will cut that out of his game when, or if, he makes it over to Europe.

Angel Di Maria

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    Angel Di Maria got the call here, but it certainly was a dive. He has been guilty of a lot worse at other times in his career.

Ashley Young

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    Is that not the dive you were expecting from Ashley Young? Here it is, and here's another. Tsk-tsk, Mr. Young.

Fabio Grosso

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    Australian football fans are probably still seething about Fabio Grosso's game-deciding dive in the 2006 World Cup.

David N'Gog

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    It's a one entry into the dive category for David N'Gog so far, but it is a big one. Not sure how the linesman and referee missed this.


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    Adriano is a big dude, so there is no way he should have gone down that easily. If he had kept the ball and stayed on his feet, Inter may still have had a good scoring chance.

Robert Pires

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    Robert Pires didn't just annoy Arsenal opponents with his goals, skills and attitude. His diving was a big issue as well.


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    Robinho's gotten a bit more sturdy throughout his time in Europe, but when he first came to Real Madrid he was ready to go to ground easily on occasion.

Jurgen Klinsmann

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    Jurgen Klinsmann made fun of his diving when he went to play in England, but there is nothing funny about this dive here. The fact that he made a celebration out of his diving shows just how much he did it.

Morten Gamst Pedersen

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    Morten Gamst Pedersen produces one of the worst dives ever in this game against Arsenal. It was more than enough to get him on this list.

El Hadji Diouf

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    El Hadji Diouf, everyone's favourite Senegalese footballer, takes quite a dive here. He is no stranger to controversial acts, and diving is one of the things in his repertoire.

David Ginola

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    There's no good video evidence of David Ginola diving, but when a former referee has you on his list of worst divers you have to make the cut.


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    Rivaldo is another member of Graham Poll's list of worst divers. Who can forget what happened in the 2002 World Cup against Turkey?


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    Strangely enough there is not much evidence of Nani's diving rolling around the internet, but who needs that when you can see it on a game-to-game basis?


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