5 of the worst dives this season
"Diving is a piece of art" said no sane man on this planet ever. Even with the introduction of the Video Assisted Referee (VAR) in many leagues and competitions, there is still no shortage to the number of dives players across the globe make on a regular basis.
It goes without question that this is a practice that is frowned upon by almost everyone associated with football but it remains a decoy that players exhibit in and around the penalty box in a bid to win penalties and free-kicks.
Recently, the Premier League introduced a 2-game ban for successful deception of the referee and once VAR is also implemented extensively, we can hope that the count decreases.
So, we look at 5 ridiculous dives made by some of the best players in the world this season:
#5 Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Ronaldo has transformed from a mazy dribbler along the flanks to an indomitable force in front of goal and it still remains a mystery the level and standards he maintains at 33 years of age.
But one of his lowest point this season came against Netherlands in a friendly, a match which Portugal would go on to lose 3-0. His yearning for goals and the pure hunger to put the ball in the back of the net resulted in him simulating a dive near the penalty box.
He cut inside, geared up to shoot, fluffed his line and struck his foot on the ground and went down. Perhaps he thought a Dutch defender had tripped him, perhaps not. The referee was right to show no interest in the matter and Ronaldo vented out his anger.
VIDEO: Ronaldo dive against The Netherlands