Andy Carroll has hardly endeared himself to Liverpool fans since his £35 million switch from Newcastle last year, but his stock on Merseyside reached an all-time low on Saturday as the towering forward was caught trying to cheat his way to a penalty with one of the most blatant dives in living memory.
The beautiful game is often marred with cheats and divers, it’s just that some have perfected the art better than others.
Here to point the finger and laugh at those that have tried to cheat and prosper, GMF brings you a list of the five worst dives of all time.
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Rivaldo, Brazil v Turkey, 2002
The Brazilian superstar seemingly possessed all the talent in the world but still was not above trying to cheat his way to an advantage at the 2002 World Cup.
Preparing to take a corner, Hakan Unsal passes the ball to the then Barcelona player somewhat firmly into his lower leg, only for Rivaldo to go down clutching his face in the most dramatic fashion imaginable.
Thankfully, he was fined by Fifa for his treacherous act of simulation. (Watch Here)
Paul Alcock, Sheffield Wednesday v Arsenal, 1998
It’s not just players who have mastered the art of diving, it would seem referees wanted a slice of the action and Paul Alcock was the man to take it to the next level.
On the receiving end of Paulo di Canio’s now infamous shove, Alcock went down in about four stages, taking numerous lunging steps backwards in a vague attempt to catch his balance before crumpling in a heap what felt like a good thirty seconds after contact was made. (Watch Here)
Albert Streit and Norbert Meier, Duisburg v Cologne, 2005
This simply has to be the finest piece of play acting ever seen on a football pitch. During a Bundesliga match in 2005 between Duisburg and Cologne, Cologne’s Albert Streit found himself literally going head to head with Duisberg coach Norbert Meier.
Meier offered the faintest of headbutts towards his much younger opponent before collapsing as if he himself had been the victim, while Streit went down as if he had been knocked out stone cold.
With both comically rolling around on the floor, Streit was initially sent off but after the incident was reviewed following the game, Duisberg suspended their coach before the German FA banned him for three months. (Watch Here)
Alberto Gilardino A.C Milan v Celtic, 2007
A.C Milan’s Gillardino almost got it all right but forgot one crucial aspect of trying to con the referee; you need to remember to go down at the right time.
Racing through clear on goal the chasing defender tries desperately to stop the front man but can really get near with his tackle as Gilardino goes round the keeper.
However, luckily enough for Celtic, the A.C Milan decides to take a few steps before tumbling to the ground with no one around him whatsoever. (Watch Here)
Jens Lehmann, Arsenal v Chelsea, 2005
While Jens Lehmann takes the prize for his startling theatrics, Didier Drogba is also in the mix for his hilarious collapse at the merest touch from the German ‘keeper.
Too gentle to even be described as handbags, Drogba’s legs appear to fail as Lehmann gives him a helping hand out of the area.
The Ivorian chases the German international (who frankly should know better at his age), gently nudging his chest against his arm, which is enough to send the Arsenal man flying. Embarrassing. (Watch Here)