In professional football where the stakes are pretty high, some players fail to control their emotions and end up committing acts of misconduct. Accordingly, referees usually show red or yellow cards to football players for misconduct on the pitch. The color of the card depends on how severe the action of the player is, as interpreted by the referee.
10. Vinnie Jones (12 red cards)
Throughout his 15-year career, Vinnie Jones made 184 appearances as a central midfielder. When Jones tackles, he tackles quite hard. He’s one of the guys you don’t want to collide with on the pitch. Some of the tackles were career-threatening, which is why his 12 red cards really stand out.
9. Mauricio Pochettino (13 red cards)
Mauricio Pochettino had a distinguished football career with Espanyol, playing over 100 games for the side during a stint where he won two trophies. Pochettino, who retired in 2006, scored 22 goals during his illustrious football career, which is a great taller for any player. However, he shares a bad record of getting red-carded on 13 occasions.
8. Felipe Melo (14 red cards)
Felipe was a talented midfielder, but not your usual destroyer. His style of playing was much like that of Fernandinho, who was more domineering and more technically talented. Melo played for different European clubs including Galatasaray and Juventus. The midfielder has been sent off 14 times in his entire playing career.
7. Pablo Alfaro (18 red cards)
Next on our list of players with the most red cards is Alfaro, a Spanish-born central defender. He spent most of his time playing for Real Zaragoza and played in his native country until he retired from professional football in 2007. Alfaro also played for big clubs such as Atletico Madrid, Racing Santander, and Barcelona. The Spanish defender got sent off 18 times.
6. Yannick Cahuzac (17 red cards)
Cahuzac has some of the most outstanding numbers on our list. It only took him 15 years to reach 17 red cards.
5. Paolo Montero (21 red cards)
This Uruguay played as a full-back and central defender for various clubs during his playing days. Over his 17-year career, Montero played for San Lorenzo, Juventus, and Atlanta. He also represented his country from 1991 to 2005. Montero has since ventured into management and has previously managed several clubs in Uruguay including Club Atletico Colon and Club Atletico Rosario Central. The Uruguay manager has been sent off 21 times.
4. Alexis Ruano Delgado (22 red cards)
Known simply as Alexis, is a popular Spanish football player. Mainly playing as a central defender, Alexis also used to play in the full-back position. He played for several clubs in Spain, with short spells in Saudi Arabia and Turkey. During his stint with Valencia, Alexis won the Copa del Rey during the 2007/08 season. The central midfielder has been sent off 22 times.
3. Sergio Ramos (26 red cards)
And here is what you’ve been waiting for. Sergio Ramos is one player who has sharply divided the opinions of pundits and football fans alike. Most see Ramos as a dependable and domineering rearguard while others regard him as a bully.
Things got worse when he ruthlessly tacked Mohamed Salah in the European Champions League finals. His brutal style of play sees Ramos lead the list of players with the most red cards in the UEFA Champions League and La Liga histories. Ramos has been shown the red card 26 times.
2. Cyril Rool (27 red cards)
Cyril Rool has been sent off 27 times. However, since Sergio Ramos is still active, it’s highly likely he might take this second spot soon. Rool began playing professional football back in 1993 after he signed with Bastia. He spent his entire career playing in France. Rool played for several French clubs including Nice, Bordeaux, Monaco, Marseille, and Lens before he retired in 2010.
1. Gerardo Bedoya (45 red cards)
Gerardo Bedoya takes the first spot on our list of top 10 football players with the most red cards. Bedoya’s achievements with regards to getting sent off are unprecedented. The former midfielder spent his career playing in South America. He played for clubs in Columbia and Argentina.