5 Players Who Have Been Accused of Diving in Recent Times

Nov 25, 2020, 3:07 PM GMT+5:30
Neymar has been accused of going down at the slightest touch by an opposition player | AFP Contributor/Getty Images

Diving has no place in football, but there still some footballers who go to the ground easily in order to get the advantage for their team. A number of top superstars in the sport have been called out for their "diving antics" in the past and here, we look at five of them.

1. Neymar (Brazil/Paris Saint-Germain)

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Neymar might be one of the best footballers in the world, but his antics on the field especially during the 2018 World Cup did not earn him the respect of fans and opponents, who called him out for his tendency to go to ground at the slightest touch. The Brazilian is known for his flair on the pitch, but when it does not go to plan for him, he sometimes resorts to the dark arts.

2. Angel Di Maria (Argentina/Paris Saint-Germain)

Angel Di Maria
RB Leipzig v Paris Saint-Germain: Group H - UEFA Champions League | Maja Hitij/Getty Images

Angel Di Maria has committed some of the worst dives in football and was at it again during Paris Saint-Germain's 1-0 win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Tuesday, with Julian Nagelsmann even going on to accuse him of diving in order to get a penalty. The Argentinian is a wizard on the pitch, but once again sometimes does not play in the spirit of the game.

3. Luis Suarez (Uruguay/Atletico Madrid)

Luis Suarez
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While Luis Suarez in recent times has not been on the news for his antics on the pitch, it was during his time at Liverpool where he was regularly criticised for diving. The Uruguayan took it to heart and rubbed it in during one goal celebration by diving to hit back at the media and his critics.

4. Ashley Young (England/Inter Milan)

Ashley Young, Jonathan Moss
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Ashley Young for sure makes this list as he was known for going down whenever he found himself in the penalty box, especially during his time with Manchester United. Once his former team-mate, Darren Fletcher was asked what Ashley Young’s best move was, he replied by saying ‘Diving’.

5. Dele Alli (England/Tottenham Hotspur)

Dele Alli, Jonny Howson, Paddy McNair
Middlesbrough FC v Tottenham Hotspur - FA Cup Third Round | James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images

Dele Alli for sometime was plagued by accusations he was a diver, with even former Tottenham Hotspur manager, Mauricio Pochettino revealing, "He needs to learn. This type of action doesn’t help him, doesn’t help the team and doesn’t help football. We have talked in the last few years about fair play and being honest.”