One of the reasons Cristiano Ronaldo has a fair share of haters is not only due to his skills but also due to his temper which at times can be red-hot. Ronaldo has been criticized for bad-behaviour throughout his career, most recently during the 2022 World Cup as he was clearly upset at former Portugal coach Fernando Santos’ decision to not start him in knockout games.
Today, we look at Ronaldo’s three worst red-cards in his career.
Manchester City vs Manchester United (November 2008)
To some haters of Manchester United, referee Howard Webb was biased to the Red Devils. After all, Webb retired from officiating in 2013 which also happened to be the same year that United last won the league title. This was also the year in which Sir Alex Ferguson retired from management.
However, Webb did hand Ronaldo a red-card against Man City in November 2008. Ronaldo was first issued a yellow for a challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips. He clapped sarcastically after this and was then issued a second yellow card later in the game after appearing to clap following a Wayne Rooney corner.
Real Madrid vs Almeria (December 2009)
This was Ronaldo’s first red-card in his legendary spell with Real Madrid between 2009-2018. He received his marching orders following two late bookings. The second booking came following a kick on Juan Ortiz. To make matters worse for Ronaldo, it was probably one of his worst games in the Los Blancos shirt. He also missed a penalty in the game.
Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid (May 2013)
This red-card came in the 2013 Copa Del Rey final as Ronaldo was given his marching orders following a kick on then Atletico captain Gabi in the jaw.
Fortunately, it ended up not costing Madrid dearly as they went on to win the game 2-1.