A vastly-underrated player in our book, Lazio’s flying winger Antonio Candreva is a bona fide expert at tormenting full-backs. However, apparently he’s also a bit of an aficionado of the theatrical dive, as he ably demonstrated on Thursday night during Italy’s 1-0 Euro 2016 win against Malta.
Powering into the box, the 28-year-old throws himself to the floor without the merest hint of contact from the nearest Maltese defender. While Candreva’s attempts to initiate contact with his opponent while already flying through the air makes it look all the more pathetic.
Thankfully he was booked for his cheating, although I’m not sure why the ref looks so bloody happy. Appalling stuff…
Surely it’s time to have retrospective bans for blatant diving?
(Video: Gol كرة القدم)