Sportscliffs: 10 dirtiest players in the history of La Liga

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Here are ten players in the History of La Liga to have been sent off from the pitch.

Football is a game that is fun and a form of exercise to players that are involve in it but some of the players have taken the game to another level in form of harsh tackle.

Although, booking and suspension are part of the game in order to caution the way the dirty defenders tackle.

Some of these players are prone to receiving harsh punishment from the center man (referee) due to their bad reputation and what they are known for.

Here are 10 dirties players in the history of La Liga, the club they play for and the amounts of red cards they have received.

  1. Sergio Ramos: The former Real Madrid player is known for his dangerous tackles and also receiving harsh treatment from referees. After emerging through Sevilla’s youth academy and spending two seasons with the senior side, Ramos moved to Real Madrid in the summer of 2005.  He played as a centre-back for Real Madrid for 16 seasons, whom he captained for six seasons. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest defenders of all time. He has also played as a right-back earlier in his career. Sergio Ramos holds the record of the highest red card holder in the history of La Liga.


  1. Xavi Aguado: ‘Xavi’ Companys Aguado(born 5 June 1968) is a Spanish former professional footballer who played as a central defender. He spent 13 years with Real Zaragoza – 12 in La Liga – appearing in nearly 500 official matches. The Spanish player received 18 red cards from referees.


  1. Pablo Alfaro Armengot(born 26 April 1969) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender, and is a current manager. The ex-player received the total of 18 red cards in La Liga.


  1. Juan Francisco Rodríguez Herrera(born 10 May 1965), known as Juanito, is a Spanish former footballer who played as a central defender. Played for Sevilla, Atletico Madrid Real Zaragoza and Las Palmas the ex- player received 16 red cards.


  1. Francisco ‘Patxi’ Salinas Fernández(born 17 November 1963) is a Spanish former footballer who played as a central defender, currently the manager of Bilbao Athletic. He played for Celta, Bilbao Athletic and also Real Sociedad and he received 15 red cards.


  1. Santiago Denia Sánchez (born 9 March 1974), commonly known as Santi, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender, and is a manager. He played for Atletico Madrid the ex-player received 14 red cards in his playing days.


  1. Alberto Lopo García (born 5 May 1980) is a Spanish former professional footballer who played as a central defender. His physical style of play resulted in him being one of the most booked players every season in Spanish football. He played for Getafe and also Espanyol, the Spaniard received 14 red cards so far when he was playing.


  1. Fernando Ruiz Hierro (born 23 March 1968) is a Spanish football manager and former player who played as a centre-back, sweeper or defensive midfielder. He won five La Liga and three Champions League trophies with Real Madrid over 14 years after signing from Valladolid, during which he appeared in more than 500 official matches. He played for Real Madrid and Real Valladolid and he received 14 red cards.


  1. Mauricio Roberto Pochettino (born 2 March 1972) is an Argentine professional football manager and former player who is the current head coach of Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain. Pochettino played as a central defender in his playing days and also played for Espanyol in La Liga. Pochettino received 13 red cards when playing.


10. Carlos Marchena López ( born 31 July 1979) is a Spanish retired footballer, and a manager. Mainly a central defender with an aggressive approach, he also played as a defensive midfielder. He played for Villarreal, Valencia and also Sevilla. The Spaniard received 13 red cards while playing in La Liga.



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