Ronaldinho embarrasses himself with awful dive

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Ronaldinho is known for many things. His wonderful goals, mesmerising tricks, and all round nice guy attitude are just a small part of why we all love him.

At 35 years of age, Ronaldinho is not quite the player we know from his Barcelona days, and despite some impressive form at AC Milan and Atletico Mineiro in his later years, he is surely now becoming a memory of the past.

Well, that statement may not be true after his current side's trip to bottom place Morelia at the weekend. Queretaro, currently in 10th place in the Liga MX, needed a victory to keep their faint title hopes alive.

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After a boring first half, things started to liven up in the 76th minute when Queretaro forward Emanuel Villa won the visitors a penalty which, unsurprisingly, Ronaldinho converted to give his side a 1-0 lead.

Despite an 82nd minute equaliser from Armando Zamorano, Queretaro secured all three points with an Emanuel Villa strike six minutes from time.

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But the real talking point in the game didn't come until the 89th minute when main man Ronaldinho decided he wanted to make the headlines for all the wrong reasons. 

Looking to start a quick counter attack and get their third goal of the game, Queretaro star Ronaldinho picked the ball up inside his own half and began to drive towards the Morelia goal.

In an attempt to stop the game from becoming out of reach, Morelia defender Jose Antonio Olvera ran towards the ex-Barcelona player and appeared to miss the ball but take Ronaldinho out.

On closer inspection however, Olvera decided to retract his legs and pull out of the tackle. Ronaldinho, expecting a challenge to come in, took a tumble in an attempt to win a free-kick, but he was left red faced as the referee spotted the dive and cautioned the Brazilian.

A player who many grew up admiring, watching week in, week out, and a Ballon d'Or winner in 2005, looking to cheat to secure his team a win is something no-one wants to see.

What do you think of Ronaldinho's tumble? Can you think of any worse dives by footballing greats? Let us know in the comments section!

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