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The 9 Players With The Most Red Cards In Football History

With Lionel Messi recently being sent off for a moment of madness in a cup final, here are the nine players with the most red cards in the history of football.

Click through the gallery above to see the nine footballers with the most red cards of all time, according to

The FC Barcelona forward was given his marching orders during the Catalan club's 3-2 loss to Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup final on Sunday, and while it was considered a moment in which the Argentine lost his temper, it was only the third sending-off of his career.

Messi would need to see many more reds in his career to see his name among those players with the most sending-offs in the game's history; in fact, he would need another nine just to draw level with former Premier League defensive midfielder Vinnie Jones.

The former Wimbledon and Leeds United star was known as a hardman throughout his playing days, and was ordered to leave the pitch 12 times. Despite that number being quite high, some might be surprised it is not higher.

Ex-Brazil international Felipe Melo, who turned out for Juventus between 2009 and 2011, has received 14 red cards in his career, while another ex-Bianconeri man, Paolo Montero, features slightly further up the list with 21 sending-offs.

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Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who is widely recognised as one of the sport's "dirtiest" players, is third in the all-time ranking with 26 red cards, some way off the top spot but only one away from second place. Click through the gallery above to see which players have picked up the most red cards in the history of the game, per!



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