Cristiano Ronaldo's 10 career red cards as Real Madrid forward gets five-match ban

Sport360 staff 21:11 14/08/2017

Cristiano Ronaldo was handed a five-match ban on Monday for pushing a referee after being controversially sent-off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup first-leg win at Barcelona.

It’s not the first time Ronaldo has been sent-off during his illustrious career.

Here, AFP takes a look at all of the World Player of the Year’s 10 career dismissals.

1. ASTON VILLA 0-2 MAN UNITED

SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2004

Ronaldo scored in United’s 2-0 win away to Aston Villa on the final day of the season, but was booked twice for diving and time wasting late on.

His first booking was eventually rescinded meaning he didn’t have to serve a suspension.

2. MAN CITY 3-1 MAN UNITED

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 2006

The Portuguese was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on former United favourite Andy Cole as the Red Devils went on to lose the Manchester derby 3-1.

3. PORTSMOUTH 1-1 MAN UNITED

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2007

A straight red card and three-match ban was again dished out to Ronaldo for an apparent headbutt on Portsmouth midfielder Richard Hughes in a 1-1 draw at Fratton Park.

4. MAN CITY 0-1 MAN UNITED

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2008

Ronaldo saw red in a Manchester derby once more, this time for two bookable offences after a trip on Shaun Wright-Phillips and then an inexplicable handball.

5. REAL MADRID 4-2 ALMERIA

DECEMBER 5, 2009

A first red card in La Liga came in Ronaldo’s debut season for two petulant late bookings coming after he had missed a penalty and also scored Los Blancos’ fourth goal in a 4-2 win.

6. REAL MADRID 2-0 MALAGA

JANUARY 24, 2010

Just a month later Ronaldo doubled his count of red cards at the Bernabeu when he elbowed Malaga midfielder Patrick Mtiliga in the face as he tried to escape the Dane’s clutches. Earlier, the Portuguese had scored both Madrid’s goals in a 2-0 win.

7. REAL MADRID 1-2 ATLETICO MADRID

MAY 17, 2013

On a disastrous night for Real as they lost a Madrid derby for the first time in 14 years, Ronaldo kicked out at Atletico captain Gabi in the final few minutes and was shown a straight red.

8. ATHLETIC BILBAO 1-1 REAL MADRID

FEBRUARY 2, 2014

Ronaldo was given a three-game ban after clashing with Athletic defender Carlos Gurpegi and then showing his disagreement with the referee when he was shown a straight red card as he left the field.

9. CORDOBA 1-2 REAL MADRID

JANUARY 24, 2015

Arguably his most violent discretion as he kicked out at Cordoba defender Edimar.

10. BARCELONA 1-3 REAL MADRID

AUGUST 13, 2017

Ronaldo packed plenty of action in a 24-minute appearance as a second-half substitute as he smashed into the top corner to give Madrid a 2-1 lead.

However, his decision to celebrate by removing his shirt to flex his muscles proved costly as he was booked and just two minutes later saw a second yellow card for diving in the referee’s eyes in an attempt to win a penalty.

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