10 of football's most embarrassing dives of all time

3. Steven Taylor, Newcastle vs Aston Villa (2005)

Proof that dives aren’t just to create the illusion of fouls, but can also be used to mask them. With the Magpies already a goal down at home and Shay Given stranded yards from goal, Taylor leapt to action to prevent them conceding a second. Sadly for him it was with his hand, Newcastle conceded the penalty, Taylor was sent off and Newcastle lost 3-0. With one final roll of the dice he tried covering up his mishap by writhing around on the floor clutching his face. Even he didn't grumble when the card came out. 

2. Kyle Lafferty, Northern Ireland vs Azerbaijan (2012)

It took an injury-time winner from David Healy to cancel out Rauf Aliyev’s 30-yard wonder strike in this eventful 1-1 draw, but Lafferty stole the show by becoming only the second Northern Ireland star to enter the referee’s book for simulation. Realising he wasn't going to connect with Chris Baird's back-post cross, Lafferty decided to play for a penalty instead. Someone should have probably reminded him the opposition player has to be near him first, though. The result? A yellow card, and immortalised embarrassment on YouTube.

1. Sergio Busquets, Barcelona vs Inter Milan (2010)

Wait, real contact! But although pesky Sergio gets a hand in the face from Thiago Motta, it's what comes next that earns the Barça enforcer a place on this list. As he rolls around in apparent pain, the cameras are quick to pick up a cheeky peek through the fingers to check the referee is convinced of the incident’s severity. Needless to say, when the red card appears he waits just long enough for Motta to accept his fate before jumping back to his feet, miraculously cured. 

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