Oscar-worthy? Play-acting antics from Real's Marcelo spark online ridicule
Marcelo went down holding his face after he butted into Arnold's chest, and then called for officials to take action against the German.
Real Madrid’s Marcelo about 5 weeks too late to win Best Actor award…https://t.co/xlkzQFgswR— Sportsbet.com.au (@sportsbetcomau) 7 April 2016
Indeed, the 21-year-old midfielder was booked by referee Gianluca Rocchi after the incident, while Marcelo's play-acting went unpunished.
The Brazilian’s laughable efforts at landing his opponent in trouble have sparked ridicule online.
We hope Marcelo is recovering well this morning. https://t.co/ty0ltsRYiq— Football Tips (@footballtips) 7 April 2016
Some even suggested the acting was Oscar-worthy.
On the bright side, Marcelo won an Oscar for his amazing dive. pic.twitter.com/BZ9g0wT9o4— Barca World (@FCBarcelonaHome) 6 April 2016
Others suggested that if Marcelo wanted lessons in how to head-butt, he should look no further than Real boss Zinedine Zidane, whose infamous nut in the 2006 World Cup final against Italy was rather more impressive.
Dear Marcelo,— BreatheSport (@BreatheSport) 6 April 2016
If you're going to headbutt someone in a big game, do it properly.
The Gaffer. pic.twitter.com/iMPXegXdh4
Arnold undoubtedly had the last laugh, however, scoring in a 2-0 Wolfsburg victory that leaves the Germans in with a good chance of progressing to the semi-finals.
After the game, the midfielder added insult to (fake) injury, saying that he wished he had such wonderful locks as Marcelo.
The pair will resume their rivalry next week, when Real take on Wolfsburg in the return leg at the Bernabeu.