Football has changed a lot in the last two decades. The physicality has greatly reduced and more leagues are turning to the tactical approach to win trophies. Manchester City style is not common in English football but after the success of 2017/18 season, Chelsea and Liverpool are now implementing it in their system. The introduction of VAR has also made it much harder for players to cheat match officials to win penalties and free-kicks. However, footballers have also perfected the art of diving. They will go down even with slightest touches. It is the reason why we want to look at players who will be considered as diving legends in Europe.
6. Dani Alves- PSG
Dani Alves is technically gifted with a blistering pace that scares any opponent. He can take on players and can also deliver good crosses. The only blemish that the Brazilian international has is the simulation. He will go down even though you just attempted to tackle him. UEFA referee knows him very well because he has played for Sevilla, Barcelona, Juventus and now PSG.
5. Luis Suarez- Barcelona
Luis Suarez is one of the most dangerous strikers in the World today. The Barcelona forward does everything possible on the pitch to get three points for his team. This included cheating, biting and diving to get free kicks and penalties.
I believe Luis Suarez completed the process of the dive here pic.twitter.com/JMnHtOz4Ai
— Nick Bromberg (@NickBromberg) June 15, 2018
The behavior won him, admirers and haters. Everton boss David Moyes accused him of diving to win penalties. Suarez responded by celebrating in a diving style after scoring in the Merseyside derby. He helped Barcelona win a treble in 2014/15 and a double last season. The Uruguay defender is a perfect attacker and we can all agree he is good at his job.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo- Juventus
Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of diving since his days at Manchester United. Opponents have claimed he goes down even with the slightest of touches to win penalties and free-kicks which he converts easily to increase his goal tally. The Portuguese forward has not netted in three games he has played for his new team so far. Serie A teams must be very careful because he is desperate to score his opener in Italy even though it means diving to get it. He is capable of going to the ground easier than ever before at the moment.