The lovely game of football can sometimes become violent due to the excitement and pure emotions that are part of the sport. Players have a habit of breaking the rules of the game by harming an opponent or doing something else that the officiating referee may not approve of.
The referee has the authority to dismiss any player who breaks the rules, and few players have escaped receiving a red card during their professional careers.
There are, however, a few players who have never been sent off throughout their professional careers, and here are seven of them:
1. Philipp Lahm
As a result of his meticulous approach to the game, the Bayern Munich legend had a lot of success with his club. For many years, he was the captain of Bayern Munich, and he made sure to lead by example by never being sent off in front of his teammates during any match.
2. Andre Iniesta
His time with FC Barcelona will go down as one of the best performances by a player for any team in history. Iniesta is one of the few active footballers who has yet to get sent off by a referee.
3. Ryan Giggs
Gary Neville, a Manchester United legend, avoided incurring a red card throughout his career, despite playing in a physically demanding competition like the English Premier League.
4. Gary Lineker
Another English football legend. During his playing days, Gary Lineker was regarded as one of England's best strikers. He played for Leicester City, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, and even FC Barcelona, yet never received a red card in his entire career.
Raul Gonzalez will be remembered as a legend of Real Madrid. He spent 16 years at the club and became the club's all-time leading scorer (of course before the emergence of a certain Christiano Ronaldo). He went on to play in Germany, Saudi Arabia, and the United States, without getting a red card in the process.
6. Michel Platini
Many of this generation's fans may never appreciate how good Platini was while he was on the field. He claimed the Balon d'Or three times in a row (1983, 1984, and 1985), and in 1984, he led France to its first European Championship.
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