We’re joking. It’s not remotely horrific.
While there’s always plenty to admire about an El Clasico, it would be wrong not to draw attention to the somewhat unsavoury aspects of football’s greatest rivalry.
Jordi Alba is by no means the worst or most prolific offender when it comes to diving and rolling around on the floor in faux pain, but the left-back trumped teammates Sergio Busquets and Dani Alves with an astonishing reaction to this innocuous challenge by Real’s Alvaro Arbeloa in Tuesday night’s Copa del Rey clash.
Alba appear in agony immediately after the incident and required treatment but, luckily, the former Valencia man recovered sufficiently to score a late consolation for Barca, as Real ran out 3-1 winners on the night and 4-2 victors on aggregate.
Madrid are of course not blameless when it comes to this kind of thing (yes, we’re looking at you Ronaldo and you Pepe) but Alba definitely claimed the prize for most ludicrous over-reaction at the Nou Camp.