Cristiano Ronaldo’s diving is an issue which I have a mixed approach to. Whilst I can’t abide by cheating and trying to con the referee, until there’s video technology, maybe you do need to do all you can to get the decisions, because you often won’t get them when you deserve them.
Ronaldo is kicked from pillar to post in every match he plays in, defenders having no other option if they want to stop him at times. However, particularly when playing in the Premiership, these fouls are waved on. Can we begrudge Ronaldo for diving to win a free kick, in a match where he’s been fouled five times or more yet the referee has given nothing in his favour?
As I say, I don’t have a conclusive opinion on it yet. I wish Ronaldo didn’t dive, but I also wish referees protected him better.
Former Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, has spoken out about diving in the Premiership, admitting that his former player, Didier Drogba, does dive. He also looks to United, Arsenal and Liverpool for the other culprits in the league.
“I am no longer Chelsea coach, and I do not have to defend them any more, but I think it is correct if I say Drogba is a diver,” said Mourinho. “Drogba, Ronaldo, Torres and Van Persie are the divers. Who dives more? Who has won more penalties in recent years? But English football is the one that criticises the divers the most.”