Top 10 players with the most red cards in world football
Discipline is not one of the areas in which the following footballers excel.
Football is a physical sport and some players excel in the dirty arts of the game. Sometimes when football players lose discipline and cause a lot of fouls, they receive a yellow card or worse a red card. While getting a yellow is not unusual, receiving a red card removes one from play and also results in subsequent suspension from future games. Also, some football players have a reputation for receiving a lot of red cards during their career.
Usually, defenders or defensive midfielders are more at risk of receiving red cards due to the nature of their roles. That said, some players develop a tendency to receive red cards due to their notorious behavior on the pitch. More often than not, it becomes a headache for the club and the manager a few times.
Some individuals, despite their poor disciplinary record, manage to hide the risk thanks to their exceptional footballing talent. However, some players struggle to become reliable figures. On that note, here’s a look at the top 10 players with the most red cards in football:
10. Gary Medel – 18 years old
Gary Medel is one of the fiercest characters on a football pitch. The defender is a warrior who does not hesitate to engage in tackles and duels.
Predictably, this also invites a lot of trouble in its path. The Chile international has racked up 18 red cards in his career and will likely add more to that tally.
9. Fernando Amorebieta – 19
Venezuela’s Fernando Amorebieta was popular for his no-nonsense approach to football. The centre-back received 19 red cards during his playing days and had one of the worst disciplinary records.
He played for teams like Athletic Bilbao, Fulham and Middlesbrough, among others. Currently, he works as a sporting director in Portugalete.
8. Matteo Contini – 20
Italian defenders are usually very disciplined, unless their name is Matteo Contini. The former centre-back played for several clubs across the country like AC Milan. Napoli, Parma and Real Zaragoza in Spain among many others. While he changed teams frequently, there was one common aspect to his performances, red cards. He collected 20 during his career.
7. Felipe Melo – 20
Felipe Melo was infamous for his antics on the pitch. Aptly nicknamed Pitbull, the Brazil international has racked up 20 red cards in his career. The 39-year-old currently plays for Fluminense in Brazil. Despite his disciplinary record, Melo has played for teams like Juventus, Inter Milan and Galatasaray in the past.
6. Rafael Marquez – 21
Rafael Marquez is considered a legend in the history of Mexican football. Many consider him the nation’s greatest player of all time despite his disciplinary record. The defender has received the red card 21 times in his career.
That said, Marquez had a very successful club football career, winning two UEFA Champions League trophies and four La Liga titles with FC Barcelona. He also won the French Ligue 1 with AS Monaco and several other titles during a long career.
5. Paolo Montero – 21 years old
Paolo Montero of Uruguay is popular for his time at Juventus in Serie A. The 50-year-old is currently the manager of the club’s U-19 side. He was fierce as a player and received 21 red cards in his playing days. While the youngsters are hopefully in good hands, he doesn’t teach them how to earn red cards on the pitch.
4. Alexis Ruano Delgado – 22 years old
Alexis Delgado has 321 La Liga appearances for many clubs such as Valencia, Getafe and more. He also played for Besiktas in Turkey and Al Ahli in Saudi Arabia later in his career. The 36-year-old has now hung up his boots but picked up 22 red cards in his career, making him one of the worst disciplinary records.
3. Cyrille Rool – 27 years old
Cyril Rool was one of those types of players who loved getting in front of the ref and arguing on every second call. He was ruthless in his tackles and sometimes let emotions get the better of him.
It’s no surprise that the French defender received 27 red cards during his playing days. The 47-year-old has now retired and the referees are grateful for that.
2. Sergio Ramos – 27
Sergio Ramos is popular for many things, his leadership on the pitch, his defending of his players, his exceptional skills on the ball and more. He is also popular for having a hot temper and not being afraid to show his emotions.
More often than not, this gets him in trouble with the referees. The former Real Madrid skipper and current Paris Saint-Germain player has over 27 red cards in his career and he could rack up more before his retirement.
1. Gerard Bedoya – 46 years old
Gerardo Bedoya holds the record for the most red cards received in the history of the game. The 46-year-old Colombian defender has retired from professional action.
However, during his playing days, he often got into trouble wherever he went. He played for Racing Club, Boca Juniors in Argentina and many other Colombian clubs. As a coach, he was sent off 21 minutes after his debut.
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