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Dive of the week part 2: Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United v Lille

We had already awarded Dive of the week to Arjen Robben yesterday for this effort, but Pies could not let this attempt from Cristiano Ronaldo slide. I thought Robben's dive was terrible, but having watched Ronaldo's latest antics I'd be tempted to award a penalty to Chelsea!

The Portuguese winger's booking for simulation is questionable under the Trades Description Act. If I was a player who simulated fouls I would be offended to have this tarred with the same brush. He just sort of falls over an invisible trip-wire (and it's not even a very good fall). Once again praise must go to the referee for brandishing the yellow card, and also for having the self-restraint not to slap his cry-baby face afterwards!

[Rob Parker]

March 8, 2007 in European football, Funny old game, Manchester United | Permalink


He was caught, but not hard enough to go down like that.

Posted by: Ollie, Pies Ed. | Mar 8, 2007 10:25:13 AM

I also think he was caught but over-reacted to try to get the penalty. He should not have been booked.
Robben's dive is a clear dive but the best one is still Gilardino's.
It should be permanently left on the side as a reference.

Posted by: Jorge | Mar 8, 2007 12:40:40 PM

i like the way he is looking at the referee before he is even on the ground. if you do get fouled, then there isn't enough time to react and look around before you hit the ground?

Posted by: bryn | Mar 8, 2007 1:41:18 PM

It was clear contact. He more so got booked for the theatrical part of it.

Posted by: Joe | Mar 8, 2007 9:59:54 PM

The contact is so slight its pathetic that he's gone to ground. If he doesn't go down he's got a clear shot and fucking goal! Go play in fucking Mexico!

Posted by: joe | Mar 9, 2007 12:08:12 AM

he may dive and fall a lot, but where were the stupid lille defenders when he runned and make the cross to Larsson ?????

Posted by: mauri | Mar 9, 2007 10:43:19 PM

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