With a record-breaking scoring run just one of his season highlights Jamie Vardy could seemingly do no wrong – until the weekend.
Having put his side ahead against West Ham the late bloomer seemed to have moved the Foxes another step closer to a historic title but his theatrics later in the game could ultimately see the King Power residents lose out to Tottenham.
Vardy’s dive and subsequent sending off leaves manager Claudio Ranieri with a tactical headache for the visit of Swansea this weekend and any slip-up is sure to be pounced on by the sublime Spurs.
While Vardy’s tumble was not the most blatant ever seen, the potential fallout means it has to be a contender for the worst in football history – should Leicester not win the title, many will never forgive the 29-year-old.
How do you think the Foxes frontman’s fall compares to these belters from yesteryear?
Jurgen Klinsmann – West Germany – 1990
Klinsmann’s reputation as a diver was well known and inspired his tongue-in-cheek celebration while at Spurs and the notoriety was probably first earned against Argentina at Italia 90.
West Germany went on to win the game 1-0 and one of the biggest diving reputations in the game was born.
Rivaldo –Brazil – 2002
Brazilian ace Rivaldo was revered for his sublime footwork and deadly turn of pace but his name was mud after 2002 when he took a ball to the knee and subsequently clutched his face and starting rolling around by the corner flag.
His histrionics saw Hakan Unsal given a red card and Brazil went on to beat Turkey 2-1. Rivaldo was handed a £5,180 fine but we’re not sure he cared.
Alberto Gilardino – AC Milan – 2007
Gilardino was once regarded as one of the biggest names in world football but while he showed flashes of brilliance he never quite made the grade at Milan.
This embarrassing attempt a full two paces after any perceived contact certainly didn’t help his cause.
Morten Gamst Pedersen – Blackburn Rovers – 2009
Clearly inspired by Gilardino’s European exploits Pedersen thought he’d try his luck on the domestic front. That he thought he’d get away with this is laughable.
Steven Gerrard – Liverpool – 2009
Before anyone accuses Ladbrokes News of adopting a “cheating foreigners coming over here and tarnishing our game” approach to this argument one of England’s finest players in recent years was fond of a number or two throughout his career. He didn’t do it often and that explains why he wasn’t great at it as this booking against Chelsea indicated.
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