Some red cards are fully deserved, while others cause heated debates years after they were awarded.

The five sendings off on this list sent shockwaves across the world, not only because all five players who received their marching order were/are high-profile footballers - but also because the red cards were issued during crucial matches at World Cup finals.

Millions around the world watched these moments unfold live on their TVs - and they stick long in the memory as a consequence.

For the five players on this list, part of their careers will always be remembered because of these fleeting moments in time.

Click next to find out who makes the list.

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