The players with the worst disciplinary records in football

Earlier this month, Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos set an unwanted record as he was shown a 25th red card in all competitions, during Los Blancos defeat to Girona. He previously held the record for the most red cards in La Liga history, but his latest dismissal sees Ramos the most sent-off player in the history of Europe’s top five leagues. He will be missing from Madrid’s second-leg tie of the UEFA Champions League following his booking in the reverse fixture at Ajax. But in celebration of this feat, let’s take a look back to re-visit some of the bad boys of the game.

  1. Gerardo Bedoya – 1995-2015

With 47 red cards to his name, former Colombian International Gerardo Bedoya is officially the world’s dirtiest player. Interestingly, he only received one dismissal at international level – but on the flipside, ‘the beast’ received 14 red cards in his three years at Deportivo Cali. His most notorious clash came in Santa Fe’s derby game against Bogota in 2012, with the no-nonsense defender receiving a 15-match ban. After elbowing Yhonny Ramirez and being shown his marching orders, Bedoya went on to deliberately stamp on Ramirez’ face, before a brawl broke out, culminating in Bedoya trying to profess his innocence. But it’s true what they say – a leopard never changes his spots – and in 2016, just 19 minutes into his senior coaching debut, Bedoya was once again sent to the stands, this time as assistant manager of Santa Fe… it’s a wonder they let him back at the club!

  1. Cyril Rool – 1993-2010

Retired French midfielder, Cyril Rool amassed 187 yellow cards and 27 red during his career – and holds the record for highest number of red cards in Lingue 1 (19). He previously held the record for the most red cards in the history of Europe’s top five leagues, but for the next player on our list…

  1. Sergio Ramos – 2003-present

Sergio Ramos needs no introduction – the Spanish defender has been ever present in both Real Madrid and Spain’s national side since 2005. Considered one of the best defenders in the world and with a keen eye for goal, he’s probably better known for the other side of his game and that’s discipline – or lack of! At present, Ramos has amassed 274 cards: 171 in La Liga, 36 in the Champions League and 20 at international level. He also leads the way in the cards-to-games ratio, going into the referee’s book every 2.3 games. It’s no wonder that Spanish daily newspaper AS recently branded him as ‘Mr Cards’. Strangely enough, Ramos has never seen red for Spain and actually went a whole year last year without being shown his marching orders. If you wish to read back at Ramos’ red card history, click here.

  1. Alexis – 2002-present

There must be something in the waters of the Iberian Peninsula as defender Alexis rivals Ramos for the Spaniard with the most red cards – currently standing at 22. Famously, during his second stint at Getafe, Alexis was suspended for four matches after punching Croatian Mario Mandžukić.

  1. Paolo Montero – 1990-2007

Paolo Montero still holds the record for the most red cards in the history of Serie A, with 16 in just nine seasons with Juventus. But in total, received his marching orders 21 times.

Missing out on the list, with only seven red cards to his name – a special mention has to go to Edgar Davids who received three of those reds in just nine games, while playing for now-Conference side Barnet. There’s a reason why he was nicknamed ‘the Pitbull’, as this footage shows: