Football is often compared to theatre and is fortunate to play host to some of the best practitioners in the business. Diving has once again been thrust into the public eye of late, thanks to a string of game-altering moments. GMS takes a look at the biggest culprits of this act in football.
5. Gareth Bale
Simulation was an offence that Gareth Bale would be found guilty of as often as any other in the Premier League last year. Though Bale has moved to the La Liga now, he has continued his theatrics over there as well.
The Welsh wizard had been booked 6 times for the Lilywhites last season, five of them for diving. If Bale wants to become one of the best players in the world, he has to cut out this part of his game.
Coming from South America, the Brazilian brought along with him the most promising future and the potential to become of the finest players of his time. But, like many other talents he has been influenced by the habit of going down too easily.
His most recent offence came in Barcelona's Champions League tie against Milan where the referee awarded Barca a penalty to help them win the tie.
3. Sergio Busquets
Next in the list comes Neymar's team mate and Spanish international midfielder Sergio Busquets. The Spaniard has always been criticized and found guilty of his diving.
The Spaniard's worst offence is by far the moment he peeked out from under his hands to see the referee's judgement on his diving effort in a Champions League tie with Inter, but it's a lengthy list in Busquets' case.
2. Luis Suarez
The prolific striker might be in the form of his life but he never seems to be away from controversies, be it biting or racially abusing a player.
However the front man has created a name for himself when it comes to dramatics, so much so that an advertisement making light of his offences was actually made for television in his native Uruguay.
1. Ashley Young
The No.1 spot is bagged by the Manchester United winger. Young's name always seems to be on the lips of football fans when it comes to the issue of diving.
His habit of diving had been present from his Aston Villa days but came under scrutiny since his move to the Premier League Champions. Despite being warned by his manager, Young never seems to stop diving to win penalties for Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.
What is your view on diving?
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/1a2u3KU
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms