Real Madrid’s Marcelo received a lot of criticism recently for his pathetic attempts at simulation during Los Blancos 2-0 Champions League defeat to Wolfsburg.
The Real star was lucky to escape punishment after he kicked Wolfsburg’s Maximilian Arnold and then feigned injury in order to get the German sent off.
However, this was not the first time a footballer stooped to such lows in a game of football, and here we take a look at another such famous five instances:
5) David Luiz (Chelsea) vs Manchester United, 2013
The Brazilian defender could be seen smiling, lying in a crumpled heap, as United’s Rafael received his marching orders. There was definitely a foul in there, but Luiz did his best to convince the referee into sending off his fellow countryman.
4) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) vs AC Milan, 2010
The Portuguese superstar is well known for his on-field antics. CR7 certainly didn’t win any favours from AC Milan’s skipper Gennaro Gattuso after he went down clutching his face dramatically after contact from Ignazio Abate.
3) Alberto Gilardino (AC Milan) vs Celtic, 2007
Gilardino’s attempt to win a penalty against Celtic was so pathetic that all it could gather was a yellow card from the referee and some laughs from the commentators.
2) Rivaldo (Brazil) vs Turkey, 2002
Brazilian forward Rivaldo was at the centre of controversy after he dramatically went down after being hit by a ball from Turkey full-back Hakan Unsal in 2002 World Cup. He was successful in getting the player sent off in the 2-1 win.
1) Jurgen Klinsmann (West Germany) vs Argentina, 1990
The German striker was notorious for his antics on the pitch. Many have claimed that he played an important role in popularizing the diving culture in football.
Klinsmann went down clutching his face following a challenge from Argentina’s Pedro Monzón during the 1990 World Cup final and got the Argentine sent off. West Germany won the final 1-0 thanks to the 85th-minute penalty from Andreas Brehme.
The entire nation of Argentina quite possibly hates Klinsmann to this day.