In the history of the FIFA World Cup, a lot of red cards have been shown to players. Remember the 2006 World Cup match between Netherlands and Portugal? Four red cards were shown in that match alone. However, as far as World Cup final matches are concerned, only five red cards have been shown since the inception of the tournament.
Zinedine Zidane's red card in the 2006 World Cup final between France and Italy is undoubtedly the most memorable sending-off in a world cup final. However, six years before that incident, his country man Marcel Desailly got sent off in the World Cup final against Brazil.
Desailly is not even the first player to be sent off in a world cup final. Argentina's Pedro Monzon became the first player to be shown a red card in a World Cup final when Germany clashed with Argentina at the FIFA World Cup final in 1990.
1. Pedro Monzon (Argentina): Argentina vs Germany, 1990
2. Gustavo Dezotti (Argentina): Argentina vs Germany, 1990
3. Marcel Desailly (France): France vs Brazil, 1998
4. Zinedine Zidane (France): France vs Italy, 2006
5. John Heitinga (Netherlands): Netherlands vs Spain, 2010
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