Tom Daley critiques some of football's most blatant dives

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After Wayne Rooney’s dive to win himself a penalty against Preston North End in their FA Cup match on Monday night, the issue of simulation has been brought back into the headlines.

This time though it is Olympic Bronze medalist Tom Daley who is giving his opinion on some of the most theatrical dives we’ve ever seen.

The BBC sat down with the diver on a beach and got him to watch four clips of famous dives, and give them a rating from one to 10.

Michael Owen, El-Hadji Diouf, Cristiano Ronaldo and German legend Jurgen Klinsmann featured in the video despite Daley not having a clue how to pronounce the German’s name.

Daley says in the video that he gets about 3000 tweets when a football match is on and someone dives and that he is actually coaching some footballers on how to dive.

Footballers going for gold

On the first clip of Owen’s dive, Daley said: “Well there seems to have been a mysterious, invisible leg which has come out a tripped Michael Owen up. It’s a little bit scruffy.”

The Commonwealth gold medalist wasn’t impressed with Owen’s effort and gave it a six out of 10. he then gave Diouf’s embarrassing effort an eight.

Next up was Ballon D’or winner Ronaldo’s effort and he was pretty impressed with the Portuguese’s effort and awarded him an eight as well.


Finally Daley watched Klinsmann’s dive and that got his seal of approval.

He said: “Good jump, good elevation and a good reaction when he hit the floor. I think that one’s going to be the winner, it’s going to be a nine.”

It was then down to Daley to work who it actually was doing the diving, he got as far as working out it was Germany, but then the cameraman had to tell him it was Jurgen Klinsmann, only for the diver to reply, “Klinsmann who?”

Surely Rooney would have taken top spot on the podium though after his theatrics on Monday night despite the England manager Roy Hodgson embarrassingly defending his captain’s antics on television.

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