In some parts of South America, diving is regarded as a skill, and even an art form in itself. But someone should have told young Adryan that simulation is much less acceptable in English football before he joined Leeds United in August.
The 20-year-old must have dreamt of delighting crowds with silky skills and wonder goals, but has instead gone viral over the past few days for very different reasons.
Adryan can now proclaim to be the inventor of the ‘double dive’ - a move which sees players theatrically fall to the ground not once but twice within the space of a couple of seconds (to see the dive, click here, or scroll to the bottom of the page).
The Brazil Under-20 international, who is currently on loan at Elland Road from Flamengo, deserves an Oscar nomination for his remarkably emotional performance in the 2-0 win over Derby County at the weekend.
The first roll would have sufficed, but that wasn’t good enough for Adryan, who produced a comical second roll after springing into the air off his knees.
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The brave Brazilian somehow soldiered on until the fifth minute of stoppage time, when he was substituted for Michael Tonge.
Eurosport, meanwhile, uncovered this tweet from July 2011 which suggests Adryan is no stranger to taking a theatrical tumble.
Lack of goals
Adryan might want to focus more on hitting the back of the net, rather than practising his latest dive, in training. The talented South American has failed to score in seven appearances for Leeds this season, and enjoyed just as much luck in front of goal with Cagliari last term.
There’s still plenty of time left for the youngster to become the real deal, but let’s hope next time we’re talking about him for all the right reasons.
Video: Adryan dive
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