Top five: Theatrical player dives, including Leeds and Tottenham stars

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We take a look at the five most theatrical dives on a football pitch - featuring a referee.

After Neymar took a rough stamp in Brazil’s ‘friendly’ with Chile, the world superstar took a nice roll around on the floor to prove just how hurt he was.

Admittedly, Neymar surely was in serious pain, as he was stamped on, but his theatrics would have done little to impress the referee.

In response to the Barcelona man’s antics on the field, we take a look at the five most theatrical actions to have taken place on a football field - not all including players.

Neymar - Brazil

The aforementioned Neymar has taken theatre skills to an extreme in various displays for both club and country. However, it is his fish-like movement in the Chile game which takes all the plaudits, despite there being an actual foul in the run-up to his actions.

Adryan - Leeds United

The winner of the 2014 Fallon D’Floor award for this incredible act against Derby County, Leeds youngster Adryan has done his national icon Neymar proud. Somehow managing to elevate his entire body off the floor, the Whites star is another who was actually fouled, before deciding to live up to his Brazilian reputation.

Jurgen Klinsmann - Germany and Tottenham

When he arrived in England, Klinsmann was most well known for his role in Germany winning the 1990 World Cup, diving in the final against Argentina to get Pedro Monzon’s sent off.

The current USA manager did find a sense of hilarity in his own actions when he arrived in England with a reputation as a diver, as he trademarked the diving celebration whenever finding the back of the net for the Lilywhites.

Luis Suarez - Liverpool

A player known for his wonderful gamesmanship, Suarez’s diving ability gets swept under the rug in relation to his biting incidents. However, in recent history he has acted out one of the best dive and recoveries in the Premier League. After spinning to the ground against Norwich, the Uruguayan forward quickly recovered from his dreadful injury when he saw Liverpool were on the attack again.

Paolo Di Canio - Sheffield Wednesday

Not strictly Di Canio’s action, but an incident involving the fiery Italian. After being shown a red card by referee Paul Alcock, Di Canio pushed him over, receiving an 11-game ban. However, it was the nature of Adcock’s fall which brought hilarity, as he just kept rolling over, clearly of his own accord. Play-acting is a big part of the player’s game, but you generally don’t expect to see it from the referees.

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