Sergio Aguero insists he refuses to dive because he doesn’t want to risk a booking.
The Manchester City forward, among the most talented in the world, is blessed with the type of pace that makes it easy to draw a challenge from defenders to potentially win a penalty.
He regardless believes, however, that any play-acting he might attempt would be instantly obvious and that instead of creating a goalscoring opportunity he’d be given a yellow card.
‘It’s funny because many people have told me I need to go down more,’ Aguero told The Mirror. ‘My reaction, though, is it would be an automatic yellow because I’m really bad at it.
‘My character and style of play mean I will carry on and stay on my feet as much as possible. If I fall, I’ll get up again and go after the ball. That’s just the way I am.’
Aguero’s greatest impact in the Premier League came when he scored City’s winning goal against QPR on the final day of the 2011/2012 season to dramatically secure the title.
Moments before he had been fouled and says he was tempted to go to ground but that he again resisted because of a belief he wouldn’t succeed.
‘The first thought that came into my head when I received the ball that day was I had been caught on my heel and ankle,’ he said. ‘I thought about going down, but because I have this fear about not being a very good diver, I stayed on my feet.
‘It was a split-second thought to go down for a penalty, because it definitely was one, but I stayed on my feet and scored and it was the right decision.’