5. Daniele Conti
Daniele Conti is a 42-year-old Italian football coach and retired professional footballer who last played as a defensive midfielder for Cagliari and the Italy national team.
Contini played for various professional football clubs in Italy. During his football career, he received 190 yellows cards, and he is ranked fifth on this list of 5 footballers with the highest number of yellow cards in history.
2. Xabi Alonso
Xabier Alonso Olano is a 39-year-old Spanish football manager and retired professional footballer who last played as an attacking midfielder for Bayern Munich and the Spain national team.
Alonso began his professional football career at Real Sociedad, before leaving for Liverpool in 2004, where he won the UEFA Champions League, the FA Cup and the FA Community Shield. He moved to Real Madrid for the start of the 2010 season, and after winning several honours, including a league title in 2012 and the Champions League in 2014 during five seasons in Madrid, he was signed by German club Bayern Munich on a two-year contract. With the Spain national team, Alonso won Euro 2008, Euro 2012 and the 2010 World Cup, and he also represented his country at Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup respectively.
Although he is considered as one of the most technically talented footballers of all time, Alonso, before his retirement from his football career four years ago at the age of 35, received 197 yellow cards, placing him fourth on this list of the 5 footballers with the highest number of yellow cards in history.
3. Dani Alves
Daniel Alves da Silva is a 38-year-old Brazilian professional soccer player currently playing as a right-back for the Brazil national team.
Regarded as one of the greatest right-back of all time, Alves is the most decorated player in the history of football with 43 trophies and the second-most decorated defender of all time in European competitions.
He was signed to FC Barcelona in 2008, becoming the third-most expensive defender of all time. He won the treble in his first season with the club and, in the next season, won the Supercopa de Espana, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. Additionally, he helped the club win another two Supercopa de Espana, five La Liga titles and two UEFA Champions League titles in the following years. With the Brazil national team, Alves has won one FIFA World Cup, two Copa América tournaments, and two FIFA Confederations Cups.
With 210 Yellow Cards received since his football career, Alves is among the players with the highest number of yellow cards in history.
2. Gerardo Torrado
Gerardo Torrado Díez de Bonilla is a 42-year-old Mexican retired professional soccer player who last played as a defensive midfielder for Indy Eleven and the Mexico national team.
He was capped for the Mexico national senior team 146 times. He played for the country at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups respectively.
He is offensively called The Sheep for his bushy hair. His style of playing is commonly known to be rough in the field but with good recovery of the ball and effective passing abilities. He picked up 228 Yellow during his football career, placing him second on this list of 5 footballers with the highest number of Yellow Cards in history.
1. Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos García is a 35-year-old Spanish professional soccer player who currently plays for Ligue 1 club, Paris Saint-Germain, and the Spain national team.
Ramos was signed from Sevilla to Real Madrid in the summer of 2005. Since then, he has won 22 major honours, including five La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League titles, becoming one of La Liga's top goalscorers from a defensive position. He also notably scored the equaliser in the 93rd minute of the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final.
With the Spain national team, Ramos won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Championship in 2008 and 2012 respectively. He made his first appearance for Spain at the age of 18 and he became the nation's youngest player to ever reach 100 caps eight years ago. Ramos presently holds the record as the most capped player in the history of the Spain national team, and eighth Spanish highest goalscorer of all time.
Widely considered as one of the greatest defenders in football history, Ramos is a physically strong player who excels in the air due to his elevation, eye for goal, and heading accuracy, making him a competent and aggressive tackler. He is also often lampooned in the media for using excessive, reckless force while playing, as well as for his lack of discipline and tendency to pick-up an excessive number of unnecessary cards.
With 259 Yellow Cards, Ramos is currently recognized as the player with the highest number of yellow cards in history.
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