Cristiano Ronaldo's 8 Career Red Cards

By (Featured Columnist) on February 3, 2014

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Cristiano Ronaldo was shown a red card on Sunday, thanks to a confrontation during Real Madrid's 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao. 

The Portuguese star is no stranger to taking an early shower, with his record now standing at seven reds. However, he has actually been shown red eight times, but his first-ever dismissal was rescinded.

Here's a look through his history of ejection... 

Aston Villa vs. Manchester United, May 2004

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CR7's first career red came at Villa Park on the final day of the 2003-04 season.

The Portuguese star opened the scoring against Aston Villa in the fourth minute with a long-range strike, but referee Rob Styles dismissed him in the 85th minute for his second bookable offense (diving and time-wasting, respectively). Darren Fletcher also saw red during United's 2-0 victory.

Ronaldo later had the red expunged from the records when Styles reviewed the incidents and decided he was not guilty of diving for the first yellow.

Therefore, this one doesn't technically count toward his tally.   

Manchester City vs. Manchester Utd, January 2006

Ronaldo's next red in a red shirt came in January 2006 at Eastlands during a 3-1 loss to future title rivals Manchester City

The tricky winger only made it until the 66th minute, when a rough tackle from Stephen Jordan prompted him to lash out on former United star Andy (sorry, Andrew) Cole with a reckless studs-up lunge. 

Portsmouth vs. Manchester Utd, August 2007

Steve Bennett, the ref who sent Ronaldo off at Eastlands, also gave him his marching orders during a 1-1 draw with Portsmouth at Fratton Park in August 2007 for an alleged headbutt. 

Sir Alex Ferguson was dubious of the decision, but the three-match-ban punishment stuck, and he missed subsequent matches against Manchester City, Tottenham and Sunderland

Manchester City vs. Manchester Utd, November 2008

Fans have much to say about Howard Webb's relationship with Manchester United, but he did them no favours in November 2008, when he dismissed Cristiano for two yellow-card offences. 

The first was for a tackle from behind on Shaun Wright-Phillips, which received a sarcastic clap. Webb no doubt remembered this behaviour when he issued a second yellow for a bizarre handball from a Wayne Rooney corner. 

Real Madrid vs. Almeria, December 2009

C-Ron's first red card for Real Madrid—and his first-ever home dismissal—came in his debut La Liga season when Almeria visited the Bernabeu in December 2009.

He was given his marching orders following two late bookings, with an unnecessary kick at Juan Ortiz prompting the second. He also missed a penalty, but Los Blancos won 4-2 regardless.  

Real Madrid vs. Malaga, January 2010

Ronaldo scored both goals in Real Madrid's 2-0 win over Malaga in January 2010 before seeing red for elbowing Patrick Mtiliga in the face. The Danish international broke his nose during the incident and had to be substituted immediately. 

"This is not a red card here or in anywhere in the world and I'm not asking for protection. I've seen worse things in other games," he said in his defence, via the Telegraph, but to no avail.

Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid. May 2013

Things were a little heated in the 2013 Copa Del Rey Final, when Cristiano Ronaldo apparently kicked Atletico captain Gabi in the jaw to earn an extra-time dismissal—although it's not clear exactly how much contact he made.

Ronaldo's assailant and Jose Mourinho were both also sent off in the cup final, which Real's city neighbours won 2-1.  

Athletic Club vs. Real Madrid, February 2014

Finally, here's the incident that earned Ronaldo his straight red card at the San Mames on Sunday.

According to the referee's report (via ESPNFC), he was shown the exit in the second half after raising his hands to Bilbao's Carlos Gurpegi. He may now face a three-match ban. 


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