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2010 World Cup: Top Five Dives – Are Cristiano Ronaldo And Co Actors?

June 30, 2010 By Angela Asante
Controversial officiating at 2010 FIFA World Cup has provoked fierce debates among football fans around the world. Offside goals have been awarded; a clean Lampard goal was disallowed. Now if referees ‘cheat’, so do players. Have a look at the top 5 blatant dives in South Africa so far.

Cristiano Ronaldo dives vs Germany.Today, invites you to watch (once again, perhaps) what caught the eye of many spectators and incited hilarity or irritation among soccer followers. It's not about Frank Lampard's disallowed goal against Germany, or Carlos Tevez's offside goal against Mexico. It's neither about David Villa's offside goal against Portugal, or about Kaka's red card against Ivory Coast. As mentionned earlier, the focus is on the 2010 FIFA World Cup's top 5 dives.

Daniele De Rossi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Fernando Torres, Jozy Altidore, and Joan Capdevila complete the list of the top five dives that were effected between Match-day One and the last fixture of the Round of 16 matches.

1)    Daniele De Rossi's Dive – Italy 1-1 Paraguay ; June 14, 2010

What really caused Daniele De Rossi to fall on the ground this way and scream to both the referee and the Paraguayan players in protest?





Cristiano Ronaldo is clearly fouled by Demel but the referee waves away the protest.2)    Cristiano Ronaldo's Dive – Cote d’Ivoire 0-0 Portugal; June 15, 2010  

We will have to admit that Cristiano Ronaldo clearly got fouled a few number of times against Cote d’Ivoire. But surely, not this time.

Maybe the Portuguese captain wanted to repay the Ivoirians for the free-kick that never was awarded when Demel fouled him before the incident led to a controversial booking for both Demel and Ronaldo.




3)    Fernando Torres' Dive – Chile 1-2 Spain; June 25, 2010

That’s one theatrical jump that would have put a young wannabe actor into the world of movies in Hollywood. Torres seemed dead for a while lying on the ground… he actually managed to escape death as the referee decided to sentence Chile’s Estrada with his second yellow card of the game and thus the red card penalty.




4)    Jozy Altidore's Dive – USA 1-2 Ghana; June 26, 2010

It’s unfortunate that there isn’t a video to illustrate Jozy Altidore’s dive against Ghana. But these two pictures should be enough to let you remember how the American dramatically fell to the ground like a stone. Ghana’s Dede Ayew received his second booking of the tournament, meaning that he won’t feature for his country against Uruguay. Replays indicated that there was absolutely no contact. Not even the slightest of touches.


USA's Jozy Altidore escapes from Andre Dede AyewUSA's Jozy Altidore fakes a fall as Dede Ayew is behind him.



5)    Joan Capdevila's Dive – Spain 1-0 Portugal; June 29

David Villa’s offside goal wasn’t the only controversy in the Spain vs Portugal Round of 16 encounter. Spain’s Joan Capdevila even had time to show off his acting skills. Can you see Ricardo Costa (who was then flashed a straight red card) elbowing Capdevila’s face? Well, perhaps players at the 2010 World Cup are Hand-of-Ghost victims and not Hollywood actors, so football fans may be wrong to see them as cheats!



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