In football, the fear of red cards is the beginning of wisdom. A red card is the order from a referee for a defaulting player to leave the pitch at once. Of course, some red cards are duly given to a player, while others have been harshly given to footballers.
However, there are some players whom many might know who have finished the entirety of their careers without receiving a single red card.
Yes, those are the players who are worthy of emulation as they demonstrate the highest professional behaviour when they are on the pitch.
So, we take a look at 4 special and retired footballers who never received a red card in their illustrious career.
1. Raul Gonzalez
A Real Madrid legend and superstar striker during his time with the Spanish giants, Raul, who is the club’s second highest goalscorer and former captain, played over 900 matches as a professional footballer and did not receive a red card.
Maybe it was because of his position as a centre forward that made him achieve this record, but it doesn’t take away the fact that the current academy team manager of Real Madrid was a calm and cool-headed player.
2. Ryan Giggs
A wing wizard and legendary player for Manchester United, Ryan Giggs was the embodiment of professionalism and calmness as a midfielder, attacking winger and even a false nine for the English club.
Of course, we all know the longevity that the Welshman went on to enjoy in his stellar football career.
3. Philip Lahm
The former Bayern Munich and Germany national team captain has always been described as the perfect mentor for a footballer because he was a phenomenal professional.
With over 600 matches as a footballer and as a full back without receiving a red card, it is an exceptional record that highlights the clean andsmooth style of play by the German.
4. Gary Lineker
He is a player from a very different generation and an icon of English football.
His record of not suffering a red card during his playing days is quite fascinating because of the high level of crunch and tough tackles at that time.
The former England striker played more than 500 matches in his professional career and his notable spells in club football were at Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona.
All these former players have shown to football lovers that you can be a clean footballer without necessarily attracting the attention that comes with receiving a red card. Are you not impressed with them?