1) Diego Costa
Diego Costa is very much a throwback to an era when strikers needed to be just as aggressive as the defenders who were intent on stopping them.
However, his style of play has landed him in trouble with referees everywhere he has been.
The Spain international is certainly a force to be reckoned with in the opposition box, but his propensity towards violence means that he is into double figures when it comes to career red cards.
2) Vinnie Jones
Vinnie starts us off with 12 career red cards. The English midfielder has had to tame his temper after becoming an actor in 1998. Before this, he committed fouls early and often – even a mere five seconds into games (video below). Jones was a part of the Wimbledon Football Club nicknamed the "Crazy Gang" and helped them beat Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup Final. Vinnie has been named as one football's hardest men.
The successful Argentine manager became a professional footballer after learning judo as a child. Perhaps this influenced him during his time playing as a centre-back for the likes of Espanyol, Paris Saint-Germain and Bordeaux. His tough tackling earned him 13 red cards during his playing career.
4) Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos 26 career red cards are not even close to the record held by The Beast.
5) Yannic Cahuza
This player has broken several bones in his career. As a defense, it was characterized by committing a lot of contravention to the rivals. Many strikers have him in their memory for the aggressiveness that this player presented in the field.
For something, he is part of this ranking. This defense has earned 17 red cards. He stepped into the history of the League One and not because of his skills. Many french fans remember this player for having received 3 red cards in 4 games during the 2016-2017 season.
Cahuzac was an extremely violent player when he was defending. His aggressive nature led him to commit fouls, which could be criminals, against the strikers. This led Yannick to be part of the ranking of players with most quantity of red cards in the history of football.
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