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Top 20 Worst Divers in Soccer History

Contrary to the opinions of many soccer fans, diving does have a place in the beautiful game. The diving issue is certainly decisive and is often cited as reason for many neutral sports fans being unable to take a liking to the sport. While it is certainly an unsightly act perpetrated by players attempting to gain an unfair advantage over their opposition, it can sometimes be the difference between winning a match and settling for a point.

Footballers can dive for many reasons. Often there is actually contact made by opposing defenders, but the act is embellished, forcing referees to take notice and make a decision. Others may dive in an attempt to earn scoring opportunities for their team during a match when chances have been sparse. Most despicably are the divers that embellish contact made during verbal and physical altercations with opposing players and play act in order to get their opponent sent off. The latter is certainly a plague upon the game.

Regardless of the reasons for justification, diving is a permanent part of soccer. The stakes are high enough to motivate players to simulate fouls and the potential punishment of a yellow card is not a substantial deterrent for most. Unless players face the possibility of retroactive punishment for diving, including fines and suspensions, this practice will certainly continue. With the game being played on the largest stage and under more and more pressure, players will continue to turn to theatrics.

20 Morten Gamst Pedersen

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19 Alberto Gilardino

18 Rivaldo

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17 Didier Drogba

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16 Bryan Carrasco

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15 Steven Gerrard

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14 Gareth Bale

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13 Luis Suarez

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12 Jurgen Klinsmann

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11 Gary Lineker

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10 Angel Di Maria

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9 Emmanuel Eboue

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8 Robinho

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7 Fabio Grosso

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6 Neymar

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5 Franck Ribery

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4 Nani

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3 Sergio Busquets

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2 Cristiano Ronaldo

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1 Arjen Robben

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Arjen Robben possesses speed and reflexes that are virtually unparalleled in the sport. He also has a history of embarrassing dives, but these dives have sometimes resulted in valuable goals for his team. Robben admitted to diving during the 2014 World Cup in a match against Mexico, but claims he did not dive at the end of the game, where his blatant dive won the Netherlands a penalty and resulted in Mexico crashing out of the tournament. He has continued his diving ways in the Champions League this season. Robben was involved in an incident with Fernandinho, but the incident did not result in a foul call or subsequent response from officials.

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