The Top 10 All Time Worst Divers in Football

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Diving is increasingly becoming a problem in modern day football and the governing associations have had to introduce new measures to try and squash the issue, but who are the biggest divers in recent times...

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10. Ashley Young

His latest dive came only this week and it comes as no surprise that Manchester United's Ashley Young tops this list of the biggest divers in football. The winger may soon find himself banished form football if he carries on the way he is going, with England in uproar over his antics.


Young is prone to leave a trailing leg out before hurling himself towards the ground, which normally results in the Red Devils getting a spot kick. However, Robin van Persie may be trying to take justice in his own hands, as he has missed the last two penalties that Young has earned!!!

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9. Luis Suarez

Entering into the world of the kings of diving and Luis Suarez is certainly a contender for top spot. The Uruguayan is never far from controversy; whether racially abusing an opponent or trying to bite their arm off, the Liverpool striker always seems to make it into the headlines.


Diving is another trait of the brilliant striker and his latest collection contains a terrible fall when playing for his native Uruguay in a World Cup qualification match against Argentina last month.

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8. Sergio Busquets

The only player on this list who is not a skilful winger or forward is Barcelona holding midfielder, Sergio Busquets. One of the most hated figures in Madrid, Busquets has gathered a knack of saving his best acting performances for matches against Barca's biggest rivals.


Although he gets competition from the likes of Pepe and Sergio Ramos when it come to causing controversy in an "el Classico", the Spanish international is the master of holding his face in agony when barely knocked.

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7. Gareth Bale

Becoming the world's most expensive footballer of all time has not curbed Gareth Bale's habit of falling to ground too easily, as seen from some of his recent performances in the white of Real Madrid. The Welsh winger will feel at home in La Liga though, where diving is common practice.


In his last season at Spurs, Bale received no less than four yellow cards for play acting, earning a bad name for himself in the Premier League. The penalty he won against Sevilla last week was just the latest example of his diving. 

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6. Nani

Like many players on this list, Nani's skill and flair as a winger means he is targeted by opposing players. Yet, this does not excuse the Portuguese all too often falling to the ground without contact. His most notorious moment came in a fiery match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Anfield.


The Liverpool players were left fuming as a result of Nani's dive and lengthy treatment, but this has not prevented the former Spoting Lisbon midfielder to continue his contested style of play.

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5. Rivaldo

The mother of all diving attempts has to go to Rivaldo's disgusting fall against Turkey at the 2002 World Cup. The Brazilian magician, whose partnership with Ronaldo and Ronaldinho led the Selecao to World Cup glory, clutched his face after getting the ball smashed against his leg.


The perpetrator, Turkey's Hakan Uunsal, was shown a red card as a result, but Rivaldo, arguably the tournament's best player, was fined by FIFA after a video review of the incident. 

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4. Bryan Carrasco

Chilean international, Bryan Carrasco, took diving to a whole new level in 2011, when he attempted to win a free kick by grabbing an opponent's arm and hitting himself in the face with it. Carrasco went down after receiving the blow, but a free kick against the youngster was given.


The 22 year old right winger, who spent last season on loan at Dinamo Zagreb, will go down as one of the worst divers of all time, based solely on his disastrous attempt to win a free kick during that under 20 World Cup qualification match. 

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3. Jurgen Klinsmann

When Jurgen Klinsmann arrived to English football in 1994, he came with the reputation of being a diver. This was brought about as a result of his antics during Italia '90, whereby his over exaggerated fall caused Pedro Monzon to become the first ever player to be sent off in a World Cup final.


Yet, the former Tottenham Hotpsur took advantage of his reputation well by incorporating it into his, now famous, diving celebration. His prolific time at Spurs also saw him lose the diving tagline and he remains a legend at White Hart Lane.

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2. Didier Drogba

Another player of undoubted quality, Didier Drogba has arguably been the best foreign import in Chelsea's history. The Ivorian striker was a major reason as to why the Blues won multiple Premier League titles and the Champions League.


Drogba also was seen to role play a lot on the pitch, the most obvious example being during a Champions League fixture at home to Napoli. In the same year, the muscular striker incensed Barcelona during the semi final when he constantly seemed to dive under harmless tackles. 

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1. Cristiano Ronaldo

There is no doubting the quality of Cristiano Ronaldo. Easily in the top tow footballers of the last ten years and he will probably continue in that fashion for a few more too. However, there is a darker side to his game and he has constantly been called a diver throughout his career.


There were definitely instances of it during his time in the Premier League with Manchester United, although the Portuguese winger was targeted by defenders he did not help himself by often falling too easily to the ground.

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