Top 10 Wayne Rooney dives

Compiled in honour of the judicious tumble that got Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger sent off.

Wayne Rooney dives against Bayern Munich
Down, down down down down, down down down… (YouTube/Thisisachannel)

Wayne Rooney dives have become every bit as much a part of the modern game as Luis Suárez dives and Ashley Young dives, so it was jolly reassuring to see the Manchester United forward taking a turfwards tumble to get Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger sent off the other night.

Of course, Rooney has denied conspiring to take the German midfielder out of the Champions League quarter-final second leg through dishonest means, saying:

I thought it was a foul. If I didn’t get out of the way he could have hurt me. I didn’t try to get him sent off. He’s gone in with his studs and the referee has booked him, so it’s not my decision.

Now that’s the kind of brass-necked justification we really dig on these pages. In fact, check out this doozy of a quote from 2006…

I’d never dive. I’d like to think of myself as an honest player. That’s the way I play. I don’t like diving, football doesn’t need it.

Chortle! Join us in looking back over ten classic Wayne Rooney dives from the past decade, starting with Tuesday night’s edition…

Wayne Rooney dive v Bayern Munich, April 2014

Wayne Rooney dive v Manchester City, April 2012

Wayne Rooney dive v Aston Villa, December 2011

Wayne Rooney dive v Chelsea, March 2011

Wayne Rooney dive v Rangers, November 2010

Wayne Rooney dive v Slovenia, September 2009

Wayne Rooney dive v Arsenal, August 2009

Wayne Rooney dive v Blackburn Rovers, April 2008

Wayne Rooney dive v Tottenham Hotspur, February 2008

Wayne Rooney dive v Arsenal, October 2004

Rooney also dived twice against Villareal in a November 2008 Champions League match – and furthermore owned up to his, er, “out-of-character antics” – but we can’t find a video of those.

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