6 World Cup Soccer Players Who Are Bigger Babies Than ... Actual Babies

If you're just catching on to World Cup fever, you've probably noticed a strange phenomenon that occurs play after play, game after game: A soccer player feigns injury and rolls around on the field in fake agony. If you're new to the sport you might think, "Oh did I just miss something? Is that guy really hurt!? Rewind the tape! Rewind the tape!" In reality, the majority of these "injuries" are nothing more than mere theatrics as a means to get the ref to stop the clock and block a play. It's a slimy tactic that has unfortunately become a "part of the game."

Part of what's so thrilling about soccer is that the game almost never stops, except between halves. Unlike American football, which stops constantly between and during plays, soccer is (or at least used to be) a marathon of a sport. But now, even the greatest players on the field are known to throw themselves on the ground after taking a small hit, grabbing their arm or leg and making a face that would put Anne Hathaway's ugly crying to shame. I'm looking at you, Cristiano Ronaldo!

Now when an actual injury happens on the field, trust me, you'll know it. For these players, their bodies are their work and their life — when something is broken, everything stops. There would be no time for wailing or whinging. So come on, supposed World's Greatest Athletes, play the game.

Just to rub it in, here are a bunch of players who look like bigger babies than, well... babies.

Stephane Mbia of Cameroon looks like a HUGE baby compared to...

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...this actual infant.

Oh come on now, Cameroon, don't just lay on the ground, you look like...

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...a bunch of big babies.

Sorry, Giovani Dos Santos, you don't like the ref's call?

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You're fussier than this guy.

The Croatians seem really concerned about this "injury" for Brazil...

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...or maybe it was just nap time.

Ohhhh, Ivan Perisic doesn't like this call one bit!

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He may have needed a binky.

Are we having a time-out Croatia?

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Because I think you all need one!

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