GMS Academy writer Rod J highlights the worst offenders across the top leagues in Europe...
Premier League: Richard Dunne, Patrick Vieira, Duncan Ferguson (eight red cards)
Not only does Richard Dunne hold the record of most own goals (10) in the EPL, but he also shares the record of the most red cards with Patrick Vieira, and Duncan Ferguson.
The Irish centre-back is currently a QPR player, after stints with Everton, Aston Villa, and Manchester City, where he was the club's player of the year for four consecutive years from 2005-2008.
Vieira, who also amassed a record eight red cards in the Premier, is a well travelled footballer, and the most accomplished and most recognised of the three joint record holders.
While he had stints with the likes of Manchester City, Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Cannes, the Senegalese born French midfielder is most known for his role in Arsenal’s Invincibles, whom he led to glory in 2004.
The Frenchman was also a vital part of the 1998 World Cup winning side, and the 2000 European Championships winners.
Ferguson, whose career saw him play for Everton, Rangers, Dundee United and Newcastle United, was known or his very aggressive and competitive style of play.
The Scottish striker who holds the record of the most goals scored by a Scottish player in the EPL, also finds himself in possession of a less well regarded record.
His aggressive play earned him the nickname “Duncan Disorderly”, and was once given a three month jail sentence for an on-field assault.
La Liga: Xavier Aguado and Pablo Alfaro (18 red cards)
Xavier Aguado shares the Spanish league all time red card record with Pablo Alfaro.
Aguado, a Barcelona born central defender spent his entire career in Spain, playing for Real Zaragoza, where he won 383 league caps, amassing 109 yellow cards, and a league record 18 red cards.
During his time with the Aragonese, he won two Spanish Cups, and a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. Following Zaragora’s relegation in the 2001/02 season, he retired from professional football.
Alfaro’s career on the other hand, saw him play 418 times in La Liga, over the course of 15 seasons, for six different clubs. Despite Sevilla being the team he represented the most, Alfaro had stints with Real Zaragoza, where he was born, and began his career, Barcelona, Racing Santander, Atletico Madrid, and Mérida.
Even though he only spent one season with Barcelona, he won almost all his career trophies with them, picking up the UEFA Super Cup, the league trophy, and the Spanish Super Cup during his short stint at the Camp Nou.
His career which also saw him win the UEFA Cup in 2005/06 with Sevilla, saw him tie Aguado’s record 18 league red cards, even though with a further nine red cards in the Spanish second division, he can boast the record of most sending offs for all Spanish professional divisions.
It seems like just a matter of time before the record is matched and surpassed by Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, who currently has 17 La Liga red cards.
Bundesliga: Jens Nowotny (eight red cards)
German born centre-back Jens Nowotny is the current holder of the most red cards in Bundesliga history. This record was amassed during his 334 Bundesliga appearances, 103 for Karlsruher SC, and 231 for Bayer Leverkusen. He was part of the Bayer Leverkusen squad that reached the 2002 Champions League final.
Serie A: Pablo Montero (16 red cards)
Arguably the roughest tackler in Serie A history, Uruguayan defender Paolo Montero unsurprisingly claims the most unwanted record in football for the Italian league, with 16 send offs in total.
Montero is most remembered for his long stint at Juventus where he won four titles, and was part of arguably the most formidable defensive side at the time.
Ligue 1: Cyril Rool (19 red cards)
Known for his rough play, French born midfielder Cyril Rool claims the record for the most red cards in Ligue 1 history.
Rool has an haul record of 27 red cards and 187 yellow cards in all competitions amassed through stints with SC Bastia, RC Lens, Marseille, Bordeaux, AS Monaco, and OGC Nice.
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