Alejandro Moreno reflects on the ‘stain’ on Sergio Ramos’ career at Real Madrid: his new La Liga record of 19 red cards.

Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos set a new all-time La Liga record with a 19th sending off in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Athletic Bilbao. Here’s a history of all Ramos’ club record 24 red cards across all competitions for Real Madrid.

1. Espanyol 1-0 Real Madrid, La Liga, Sept. 18, 2005

Ramos’ first career sending off came just a month into his first season with Madrid, with two second half yellows cards seeing him leave the pitch early as Madrid lost at Espanyol.

2. Real Madrid 2-1 Olympiakos, Champions League, Sept. 29, 2005

A first straight red arrived 11 days later as Ramos reacted to a challenge from Olympiakos substitute Giannakis Okkas with the game already in added time.

3. Real Sociedad 2-2 Real Madrid, La Liga, Nov. 27, 2005

A bad tempered game saw both teams end with 10 men — and Zinedine Zidane hit a late equaliser after Ramos was sent off with his side 2-0 down.

4. Real Madrid 3-3 Villarreal, La Liga, May 7, 2006

Zidane’s last game for Madrid saw Ramos shown a straight red for using a hand to block a goalbound shot, a decision the Bernabeu hierarchy managed to get overturned on appeal.

5. Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico Madrid, La Liga, Oct. 1, 2006

A first derbi sending off came for two bookings, the second for a foul on Fernando Torres.

6. Sevilla 2-0 Real Madrid, La Liga, Nov. 3, 2007

Ramos’ relationship with his former club took another twist as he again picked up two yellow cards with Madrid already trailing 2-0.

7. Recreativo de Huelva 2-3 Real Madrid, La Liga, March 1, 2008

A feisty game at then-high-flying Recreativo saw Ramos given his marching orders for an elbow on ex-Liverpool striker Florent Sinama-Pongolle — having already been booked for a two-footed tackle earlier — then he insulted the referee on his way off.

8. Real Mallorca 1-1 Real Madrid, La Liga, April 5, 2008

Another pair of bookings in a key game as Madrid led down the final straight in La Liga: a handball for the first, with the second coming for a trip on his then Spain teammate Fernando Navarro.

9. Real Madrid 4-3 Malaga, La Liga, Nov. 9, 2008

A straight red for stepping on the chest of Malaga left-back Eliseu, who was on the ground, with the game at 2-2 just before half-time.

Ramos has a history of getting sent off against Barcelona.

10. Atletico Madrid 2-3 Real Madrid, La Liga, Nov. 7, 2009

A second derbi sending off, this time for a professional foul on Sergio Aguero when he was the last man, with Madrid 3-0 up at the Vicente Calderon.

11. Ajax 0-4 Real Madrid, Champions League, Nov. 23, 2010

A “clever” second yellow for throwing the ball away late on with Jose Mourinho’s team already through to the round of 16 and a meaningless final group game still to come, which backfired when UEFA saw what he was trying to do.

12. Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid, La Liga, Nov. 29, 2010

With his team already humiliated at the Camp Nou, Ramos’ scything tackle on David Villa was followed by going through Lionel Messi from behind in added time, before he tussled with Carles Puyol and Xavi Hernandez on his way to the tunnel.

13. Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid, Copa del Rey, Jan. 25, 2012

A second Clasico> red card was awarded for two yellows — first dissent and then an elbow on international colleague Sergio Busquets, as Madrid were eliminated from the Copa del Rey.

14. Villarreal 1-1 Real Madrid, La Liga, March 21, 2012

A chest high tackle on Nilmar, having already been booked, on a night when Mourinho was sent off for allegedly insulting the referee’s mother, and Mesut Ozil and fitness coach Rui Faria also saw red.

15. Real Madrid 4-0 Celta Vigo, Copa del Rey, Jan. 2, 2013

With Madrid already easing through to the next round, Ramos kicked out at Celta midfielder Augusto Fernandez, and picked up a five-game ban after calling the match official “shameless” for having “spent the whole game f—ing us.”

16. Real Madrid 2-0 Rayo Vallecano, La Liga, Feb. 17, 2013

Within just 18 minutes, Ramos had headed his team 2-0 ahead and been sent off for two quick yellow cards — the second harshly awarded for handball.

17. Real Madrid 4-1 Galatasaray, Champions League, Nov. 27, 2013

Scottish referee Willie Collum saw a professional foul on Galatasaray attacker Umut Bulut with the score at 0-0, again one of the more debatable reds of his career.

18 – Osasuna 2-2 Real Madrid, La Liga, Dec. 14, 2013

His team managed to come from 2-0 down after Ramos was again booked twice — although Madrid got the first yellow overturned on appeal

19. Real Madrid 3-4 Barcelona, La Liga, March 23, 2014

Carlo Ancelotti’s Madrid lost their grip on that year’s title race in a game of three penalties and three Messi goals — one converted after Ramos was adjudged to have knocked over Neymar from behind in a professional foul with the game at 2-2.

Ramos has a habit of picking up late red cards.

20. Las Palmas 1-2 Real Madrid, La Liga, March 13, 2016

A two year red-card drought was ended as Ramos picked up a needless second yellow for a tackle from behind on midfielder Momo.

21. Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid, La Liga, April 2, 2016

Freshly returned from suspension, Ramos got a fourth Clasico red for an ugly foul on Luis Suarez at 1-1 late on, but Cristiano Ronaldo still had time to hit a winner.

22. Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona, La Liga, April 23, 2017

Another straight red for a lunge at Messi, who then punished the discretion by hitting a late winner for a result which almost cost Zidane’s side the La Liga title.

23. Deportivo 0-3 Real Madrid, La Liga, Aug. 20, 2017

La Liga’s opening day brought Ramos’ first red of 2017-18, with yet another second yellow coming with the game almost up, in an aerial challenge with Deportivo’s Borja Valle.

24. Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Real Madrid, La Liga, Dec. 2, 2017

Playing with a mask on his broken nose, Ramos was perhaps extra eager to defend himself, and both yellows were for raising his arm when jumping for headers against Athletic’s Raul Garcia and Aritz Aduriz.

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan


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