Out of those 25 dismissals, Ramos has been given his marching orders 20 times just in La Liga. This also means that he is now the only player who has been sent off the most times in the history of all major European leagues, overtaking the previous record holder, Cyril Rool who was shown red 19 times in Ligue 1.
Despite serving the suspension from this red card, Ramos will still be one yellow card away from another suspension when Real Madrid take on Barcelona in El Clasico on 2 March.
Ramos’ new dismissal comes just days after the Madrid defender was served with a one-match ban in the Champions League.
Here’s a list of top red card holders in the big five European leagues:
LaLiga – Sergio Ramos (20)
Ligue 1 – Cyril Rool (19)
Serie A – Paolo Montero (16)
Premier League – Duncan Ferguson, Richard Dunne, Patrick Viera (8)
Bundesliga – Jens Nowotny (8)
Earlier, Ramos was accused of forcing a yellow card on himself in order to sit out Madrid’s Champions League round-of-16 second leg against Ajax. Replying to this accusation, the Madrid captain said, “I’m very surprised by all of this. I meant to force the foul, a foul that was inevitable; not to force the suspension.”
He concluded, “I had no choice. It was a very dangerous counter-attack in the 88th minute with the match wide open and the tie as well. That’s why I said that I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t know that I would be suspended, just as I knew that I had no choice but to make the foul. And that’s what I meant when I said that in football you have to make difficult decisions.”