Dirtiest Player In Football History Was Sent Off 46 Times In His Career
Gerardo Bedoya is officially the dirtiest player in football history.
The Colombian, who was capped 49 times by his country, boasts a disciplinary record that makes Roy Keane look like an absolute saint.
Incredibly, he was sent off 46 times in a 20-year career in South America. A dedicated section to his dismissals on his Wikipedia shows he was red carded 14 times for Deportivo Cali, five times for Racing Club, seven times for Millonarios and eight times for Santa Fe.
Nicknamed "The Beast", Bedoya one received a 15-game ban for elbowing and kicking opposition player Jhonny Ramirez in the Boga derby in 2012.
It was the 41st red card of his career and yet after the match he had the nerve to say, "I'm not normally like this."
Somehow, despite being a loose cannon, he moved into coaching at former club Sante Fe and was sent off just 21 minutes into his first game as assistant manager for giving non-stop dissent to the linesman for over ten minutes in 2016.
"He certainly had an explosive personality," Colombian football journalist Carl Worswick said of Bedoya in an interview with the BBC.
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"When he saw red he couldn't control himself. In the heat of the moment, he wasn't able to take a breather and get on with it. He always piled in.
"To be sent off 21 minutes into his first game as an assistant manager - when that happened the players on the bench were laughing, they couldn't believe it. They knew it was going to happen. Certainly, his reputation hasn't helped him."
The 2001 Copa America winner's red card record doesn't look like it will be beaten anytime soon.
The most likely candidate would be Real Madrid and Spain captain Sergio Ramos, who has been dismissed 26 times in his career.
The latest came against Manchester City in the Champions League round of 16 first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu in February but given he's now 34, the former Sevilla man is unlikely to pip Bedoya.
Serial winner Ramos features in the most football's dirtiest XI alongside the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edgar Davids, Pepe, Daniele De Rossi, Zinedine Zidane and Mario Balotelli.
The team, put together by Transfer Markt, has racked up a whopping 168 dismissals between them.
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