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Top five: Football's play-actors

Busquets has been caught play-acting in the past (©GettyImages)
Busquets has been caught play-acting in the past (©GettyImages).

At the weekend, Manchester United hosted Chelsea and the game was overshadowed by a bit of acting from the Blues' centre-back David Luiz.

With the game coming to an end, Brazilian right-back Rafael appeared to kick his international team-mate, which eventually saw him get sent off by the match officials.

After being kicked, Luiz fell to the ground and then appeared to laugh and smile at the United fans, which shows that he probably wasn't really in pain like he first made out.

Unfortunately for football, this isn't the first time where a footballer has over-reacted to an incident - and it won't be the last either.

Some footballers, it seems, decide to temporarily change their occupation to actors.

Here are the top five most acting moments in football.

5. Steven Taylor v Aston Villa

Despite his acting skills not getting him out of trouble, it was still a very funny moment in football.

During a game between Newcastle United and Aston Villa, the centre-back was shown a red-card for a deliberate hand-ball which denied a goal for the visiting side.

After Darius Vassell took it past the Newcastle goalkeeper, he was then left facing just Steven Taylor, who was on the line. He then slotted it towards goal, but was denied by Taylor's right arm. The defender then fell down clutching his chest like he had been shot. Very humorous indeed, but terrible acting from the defender.

4. Pepe v Barcelona

Spanish football is commonly known for the beautiful football that Real Madrid and Barcelona can produce, but it is also well known for acting and divers. Pepe being one of the main culprits.

During a El Clasico games, Pepe went down clutching his face after it looked like Cesc Fabregas had slapped him whilst running away from him with the ball, but replays showed that Fabregas brushed Pepe's shirt and made no contact at all with the defender's face.

3. Sergio Busquets v Inter Milan

Probably the worst actor in football and also the guy who does it the most, Busquets is well known for throwing his body around and over-reacting to every slight contact he feels on his body - and in the Champions League against Inter Milan, it was no different.

After clashing with Thiago Motta, the Spanish midfielder grasped his face and fell to the floor. The Barca man then rolled around screaming pretending to be in pain and then was caught peeping through his fingers to see if the ref had done anything about the incident. He had - and he sent Motta off.

2. Rivaldo v Turkey

One of the worst acting in football and one of the worst examples of gamesmanship in football history.

The match took place in the 2002 World Cup and the Brazilians had a corner which Rivaldo went over to take; however, he didn't have the ball so he asked the Turkish player to kick it towards him so he could take the set-piece.

Hakan Unsal was the player and he gently kicked the ball towards Rivaldo and it hit the Brazilian on the leg, but the midfielder went down clutching his face like he had been punched right between the eyes.

His play-acting was brought by the match officials and he showed the Turkish player a straight red card.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo v England

Who can forget Ronaldo's infamous wink at the 2006 World Cup after his Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney was shown a red card?

Rooney was sent off for a stamp on Ricardo Carvalho, while Ronaldo looked towards the Portugal bench and gave them all a cheeky wink as if to say "job done".

 

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