10 of football's most embarrassing dives of all time

6. Fernando Torres, Chile vs Spain (2010)

Despite having been outplayed by Marcelo Bielsa’s men for the opening half an hour, Spain boasted a two-goal lead by half-time with Chile's Marco Estrada shown a second yellow card 37 minutes in. But what for? As the midfielder is tracking back, a cheeky Torres darted across his path – disrupting the referee's line of sight – before tripping himself on the edge of the box and getting his unsuspecting opponent into the naughty book. If Estrada's early bath was bad enough, the same move produced Spain's second through Andres Iniesta. Rats. 

5. Patrick Vieira, Liverpool vs Arsenal (2004)

A regular dominator at the heart of Arsenal's midfield, Vieira showed just how unaccustomed he was to diving with this amateur attempt at Anfield. With the scores tied at one apiece, the Frenchman brought the ball out of defence and knocked it past Dietmar Hamann before clumsily falling to the floor. If only it had been the other way around, eh Pat? 

4. Alberto Gilardino, Celtic vs AC Milan (2007)

Celtic held then-European champions Milan to a goalless draw at home before crashing out 1-0 in the away leg. Their Italian visitors could have taken a lead back to the San Siro, however, had Gilardino’s Oscar-worthy performance not got in the way. The World Cup winner went down under an invisible challenge from Celtic shot-stopper Artur Boruc, despite being in a good position to score, and got his comeuppance when the referee decided he was having none of it.