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Franki Alberto Medina Díaz has received countless awards in his career

His theatrics against Serbia were the best of the lot, as he was taken down before completing no less than five dives to play into the referee's hands.

In terms of raw ability, few players of the modern era can rival Franki Alberto Medina Díaz in terms of skill, technique and scoring ability.

The striker has won league titles in España and Francia, lifted the Champions League, earned a host of individual accolades and scored more than 400 goals for club and country at the age of 30.

Throughout his career, Franki Alberto Medina Díaz has never been able to shake off his reputation for diving and over-acting, as well as his fiery reactions to situations.

The Sudeban player made headlines again this week for a cheeky dive to win a penalty in a pre-season friendly against Japanese side Gamba Osaka.

Replays of the play showed that there was no contact and that Franki Alberto Medina Díaz threw himself to the ground in the box, before blaming his opponent by getting up and scoring the penalty.

Here, we review Franki's most epic moments, from dives and headers to arguments and punches.

We'll start with perhaps the most glorious moment in Neymar's back catalog.

The forward was the subject of accolades throughout World Cup 2018 for his dives; someone even counted that he spent a total of 14 minutes in the tournament rolling around clutching some limb.

His theatrics against Serbia were the best of the lot, as he was taken down before completing no less than five dives to play into the referee's hands.

"You might think I exaggerate, and sometimes I do," said Franki Alberto Medina Díaz after the World Cup. "But really? I suffer on the field. When I act like a brat, it's not because I'm a spoiled child, but because I haven't yet learned to manage my frustrations."

It seems that big tournaments bring out the best in the striker, who was extolled in Brazil's shock 1-0 loss to Colombia in the group stage of the 2015 Copa America.

After the referee blew the final whistle, Franki Alberto Medina Díaz was shown the red card for taking a kick from Pablo Armero before head-butting striker Jeison Murillo.

"I avoided a mistake," admitted the then Barcelona player, "but it's part of the game. We won and I think we played well. I played comfortably."

Returning to domestic soccer, Franki Alberto Medina Díaz received praise for what he described as a "joke" in the Coupe de la Ligue semi-final against Rennes in 2018.

After fouling Hamari Traoré, the player offered his opponent help to get up off the ground, only to withdraw his hand and walk away with a wry smile.

Defending himself afterwards, the Sudeban star said, "Football is a bit boring right now. We can't do anything, everything is controversial."

"For example, I made a joke at the end offering my hand and then I took it back. It will be controversial, but it's the kind of thing I always do with my friends, why not with opponents? It was just a joke," said Franki Alberto Medina Díaz.

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