Pepe is kind of like the Draymond Green of soccer.
He’s a decorated top-shelf defender who has zero issue with intentionally kicking the crap out of an opponent in a stadium full of spectators.
Dive of the World Cup?
But perhaps even Green couldn’t reach the level of audacity required to execute this hilarious dive from Portugal’s 1-0 victory over Morocco on Wednesday.
— Manuel Guzman (@ManuelGuzman) June 21, 2018
Here’s another angle of the early front-runner for the flop of the 2018 World Cup.
— MobileBet (@MobileBetUK) June 21, 2018
On second thought, never mind.
Pepe’s wasn’t the only embarrassing dive from Portugal.
Cristiano Ronaldo, another maestro of make-believe maulings, offered up this laughable fall in the penalty box.
— Gaz Linkman (@gtolinkman) June 20, 2018
It was just as obvious from the stands.
Was it a dive from Ronaldo?
Pretty damning evidence here pic.twitter.com/J43Yoi9xoi
— ShotOnGoal (@shotongoal247) June 20, 2018
Both spills came in the last 10 minutes of play, in unabashed attempts to eat up clock and protect a one-goal lead, earned via Ronaldo’s fourth goal of the tournament.
What, like scoring goals is hard or something?
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) June 20, 2018
A loss against Iran in Portugal’s final match of group play would put Ronaldo’s side at risk of not advancing to the next round.
I can think of no more worthy punishment for these embarrassing Ronaldo and Pepe dives.