Is Sergio Ramos football’s dirtiest player? Nine contenders to rival Real Madrid star

Sergio Ramos has enjoyed a glittering career for club and country, winning countless major honours with Spain and Real Madrid.

A World Cup winner in 2010 and victor at Euro 2008 and 2012, Ramos also has four La Liga title wins and four Champions League winner medals.

But one dubious honour he’s often tagged with is as one of football’s most dirty players.

He was dismissed with his side trailing Manchester City 2-1 in their Champions League last 16 tie this week and has now been sent off an incredible 26 times during his career.

But despite that staggering number of reds, according to our top 10 list, he’s not the dirtiest and most ill-disciplined player out there.

Find out who ranks ahead of Ramos in our countdown below.

10) Vinnie Jones

The British midfielder gained a reputation for his outbursts and remained unpopular among rival supporters for his short temper which saw him pick up 12 red cards.

Jones, who went on to become a famous hardman actor, he was notorious for hacking down opponents, lunging into tackles and even grabbing Paul Gascoigne’s private parts.

His side Wimbledon gained a reputation as the ’Crazy Gang’ and he’s since been named as one of football’s hardest men.

9) Felipe Melo

The Brazilian defender has got himself caught up in several incidents over the years, including a fight against Uruguayan team Penarol, a brawl with the Lazio team which saw four players suspended, and a heated argument with Argentine veteran Pablo Perez.

Melo certainly lives up his nickname of ‘pitbull’ and now plays in his home country for Palmeiras having earned his reputation with Juventus and Galatasaray.

He has left his mark by earning 14 red cards during his career.

8) Roy Keane

Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane did not shy away from confrontation, and famously inflicted a horrendous challenge on Alf-Inge Haaland which he later admitted he would do again if necessary.

Despite his disciplinary problems, Keane earned legend status at Old Trafford and managed a place in the Premier League PFA Team of the Year five times.

Now working on Sky Sports, the Irishman picked up a total of 14 red cards over a period of 17 years.

7) Yannick Cahuzac

French defensive midfielder Cahuzac has shown a ruthless style of play throughout his career, with tally currently standing at 17 red cards.

He carries the tenacity of an MMA fighter and holds an impressive record of picking up three red cards in four appearances in the 2016/17 Ligue 1 season.

6) Pablo Alfaro

The former Sevilla player is known to supporters as one of the dirtiest players to ever play in Spain and has the joint-most red cards in La Liga history.

During his time in Spain he struck up a central defensive partnership with Javi Navarro and did not shy away from leaving his elbows on opponents.

5) Paolo Montero

Former Juventus defender Montero won a number of trophies but throughout his time in Italy was criticised for hurting opponents and in the process picking up the most Serie A red cards.

He proved he would do anything to win, even if that meant taking things too far and injuring the opposition. He once said: “Sometimes you have to do anything to win and this is my nature.”

The Uruguayan is currently the head coach of Italian Serie C club Sambenedettese.

4) Alexis Ruano Delgado

Ruano earned his hardman reputation in Spain in 2004 and showed his wild characteristics when punching Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic, leading to a four-match suspension for Getafe.

The defender has 22 career red cards and has since moved onto a new challenge with Al-Ahli Saudi FC in the the Saudi Pro League.

3) Sergio Ramos

And so to the man of the moment. Ramos is one of the world’s best defenders although his impressive displays do not stop his rash style of play.

Ramos has been sent-off 26 times and picked up his fourth red card in the Champions League last night against City and has the joint-most red cards in Europe.

The 33-year-old has picked up 154 yellow cards and 20 red cards in La Liga for Real Madrid.

2) Cyril Rool

Rool spent his career starting fights and although he may not have been known to the majority of European fans, his actions on the pitch left his mark on this list.

The former Lens midfielder stayed in France throughout his professional career and picked up a total of 27 red cards.

He even karate-kicked opponents to become the second player with the most red cards in football history.

1) Gerardo Bedoya

Colombian defensive midfielder Bedoya is known worldwide for his record 46 dismissals over a period of 20 years in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia.

Gerardo was handed a 15-match ban for his behaviour on his debut for Colombian side Santa Fe against Bogota in 2012 which resulted in the match being abandoned.

He now coaches his former club but has carried over his characteristics after being sent-off 21 minutes into his managerial career being sent to the stands for berating the linesman.

The record has a long way to go before it is surpassed.

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