Red Cards in Football History

Players mostly defenders receive a few red cards all through their career. Some however, are so unlucky or just too rough like the names I will talk about in this article. 

1. Gerardo Alberto Bedoya

The hotheaded Colombian defender and defensive midfielder accumulated a record 46 red cards during his career as a footballer. He went into management on his retirement.

Bad habits always have a way of coming back. Bedoya managed to get himself sent off into the stands with a red card just 19 minutes during his first game with Colombian side independiente Sante Fe.  Some people never change. Right?

2. Cyril Rool

The French midfielder is second on the list with 27 red cards during his career as a footballer. Rool is known for karate kicking opponents and going into tackles blindly.

3. Sergio Ramos 

It would be inexcusable, unforgivable, unpardonable and even wicked to have a list of players with the most Red cards and not include Ramos.

After his recent tackle on Gabriel Jesus in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg, the Spaniard now has 26 red cards and has the most in La Liga history with a record 20.

Ramos who appears on FIFA Best XI  almost every year also  has the highest number of red cards in El Clasico with five dismissals.

Are you amazed right now? Don’t be, expect more from Sergio Ramos.

4. Alexis Ruano

This Spanish centre-back is known for losing his temper in the pitch. In one instance  he gave Mario Mandzukic a solid punch. Alexis received 22 red cards throughout his career.

5. Paolo Montero

The Uruguayan has the most red cards in Serie A history. He has been  sent off 21 times in his career. Montero is known for his famous quote: “sometimes you have to do anything to win and this is my nature”.

Would you call him a good team-mate or a good defender? What would you rather call him?

6. Pablo Alfaro 

The Spaniard has 18 red cards in La Liga history and being sent off nearly 30 times. He was often lucky to escape bookings.

In the late 2000s, Alfaro embarked in a managerial career. He has coached Pontevedra, Recreativo, Leganes, Huesca, Marbella, Mirandes and Ibiza from 2019 to date.

7. Yannick Cahuzac

Yannick Cahuzac is a French professional footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for French Ligue 2 club Lens. He  has  received 17 red cards in his  career so far, three of which he received in four straight  games during the 2016/17 Ligue 1 season.

8. Felipe Melo 

The Brazilian midfielder  who currently plays for Palmeiras has 14 red cards. Melo played for the Brazil national  team from 2009 to 2010, earning 22 caps and scoring two goals. He was part of their squads that won the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and reached the quarter-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

9. Vinnie Jones 

Vinnie is one of football’s hardest men. The English man  was known for his aggressive style of play and often committed early fouls even five seconds into games.

Jones was part of the Wimbledon Football Club nicknamed the “crazy gang” that beat Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup Final. He scored 13 goals as a defensive midfielder.

Vinnie Jones went into acting on his retirement and is often being typecast into roles as violent criminals and thugs. His film career began with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

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Elizabeth Yaya

Elizabeth Yaya is a sport blogger who writes unique and research-driven content about sport, mostly football.


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