10 players with the most red cards in football history

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#4 Alexis Ruano Delgado- 22 reds


Alexis Ruano Delgado, a versatile defender who can play both in the centre as well as a fullback, currently plies his trade with Racing Santander. He has been a La Liga journeyman, playing 321 matches over 15 seasons. He has also played abroad, with a disastrous spell at Besiktas ending with accusations of match-fixing. Another serial red-card collector, he has so far got 22.

#3 Cyril Rool- 25 reds

In addition to picking up a whopping 25 red cards during his career, Cyril Rool also got an (un)healthy 187 yellow cards. In fact, if you google Cyril Rool, the first suggestion will be Cyril Rool red cards (Not kidding!).

The (very) tough midfielder played for a number of top French clubs including Marseille and once reached the French Cup final. Of course, Rool didn't always play by the rules in his long career as evidenced by his card count.

#2 Sergio Ramos- 26 reds

Sergio Ramos.
Sergio Ramos.

From zenith to nadir, Sergio Ramos has seen everything that the beautiful game has to offer. Of course, despite being one of the best defenders in the history of Real Madrid, for whom he has won everything including an astounding four Champions Leagues, Ramos' game is not always considered beautiful.

While assured on the ball and blessed with great passing, distribution and tackling skills, Ramos can be extremely aggressive and has paid the price for it very often. The pillar at Real's backline who has got some crucial goals for the club as well, Ramos can be a great footballer one second and an ugly one the next. He is the biggest name on this list and gets the so-called silver medal with 26 sending-offs.

#1 Gerardo Bedoya- 46 reds

Gerardo Bedoya.
Gerardo Bedoya.

On to the legend of red cards. The clear No.1, the king who seems beyond everyone's reach. The former Colombia international Gerardo Bedoya has been sent of 46 times in his career.

Yes, just 20 times more than Ramos. The defensive midfielder also had one of the most apt nicknames in the history of the game, 'the beast'. Bedoya actually had a pretty decent football career, winning the Copa America with Colombia in 2001, playing in defence. He also had a decent spell in Argentina.

But Bedoya will always live with the ignominy of being the professional footballer with the most red cards in the history of the game. Once, in the Bogota derby, Bedoya was suspended for 15 matches after elbowing and kicking an opponent on the head. That was his 41st. Safe to say, he did not learn his lesson even at that late stage of his career, adding five more to reach the top of this pyramid of shame.

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Edited by Ashwin


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