The Football family is discussing the Ballon d’Or award today. Real Madrid star Luka Modric has ended 10-year dominance by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, there are questions as to whether he really deserved it. Today, we want to turn out attention to another burning issue called simulation or diving in the game. VAR is helping to end it but it is still a big problem. Let us look at six footballers who can’t stop falling down today.
6. Dele Alli & Sterling- Spurs & City
"Of course the people talk too much, say he is diving, and when people say that, people believe that."
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 6, 2018
Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling are the kings of diving in Premier League today. Ashley Young held that trophy for several years but he stopped diving and passed on the mantle to the two English stars.
Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester City midfielders normally dive to win penalties and free-kicks. The referees have learned their behaviors in recent months. They might get booked more often than winning a penalty. It is a terrible behavior they need to stop.
5. Sergio Ramos- Real Madrid/Spain
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) June 4, 2017
Real Madrid and Spain Captain Sergio Ramos is no doubt one of the best defenders in the World. He leads from the front even if it means scoring crucial goals. He does not fear to put his body on the line to fight for the team.
However, the decorated skipper has a terrible habit of falling down like manna when touched by opponents to win free-kicks and penalties. He has done it for so long but La Liga referees can now smoke his antics out with VAR.
4. Sergio Busquets- Barcelona/Spain
🗣 | Pep Guardiola on Sergio Busquets:
“I was the lucky guy. He won his position, that’s why Toure came here. I wouldn’t say it was easy, but I met him when we were in the fourth division. We knew his qualities perfectly and after that his career belongs to him.” [Manchester EN] pic.twitter.com/W7m6G2kynG
— Culé Source (@CuleSource) November 30, 2018
Barcelona midfield general Sergio Busquets is one of the few players remaining from the 2009 Pep Guardiola dream team. The only other players remaining in the team is Lionel Messi. The two played alongside the likes of Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Samuel Etoo, Thierry Henry, and Carles Puyol among others.
However, the Spaniard is still trying to drop the ‘diver tag’ in football. He is known to go down easily when touched or tackled by his opponent in a bid to win free-kicks. He has slowed down the behavior as he matures but still, a habit is difficult to erase once it sticks.