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A Look at the Number of Red Cards Lionel Messi Has Received in His Career

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi has received three red cards in his career so far
Lionel Messi has received three red cards in his career so far / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Argentina icon, Lionel Messi is widely considered to be the greatest player in the history of football, with the striker winning numerous professional and individual honours during his career so far - including a record six Ballon d'Or awards.

Messi is known to be a fierce competitor on the field, though when it comes to receiving marching orders from the referee he ranks low on the list, garnering only three red cards so far in his career.

The 34-year-old received his first red card on his international debut for Argentina in 2005 against Hungary, with the striker's game ending in just two minutes after the then 18-year-old was deemed to have struck Vilmos Vanczak - who was pulling the attacker's shirt.

His only red card for Barcelona came in 2021, which is staggering considering that he has played over 650 games for the club - with the 34-year-old getting sent off after lashing out in the final of the Super Cup in 2021. With Barcelona trailing 3-2 to Athletic Bilbao in extra time, Messi was shown a red card, following a review of VAR, where he appeared to hit Asier Villalibre on the head in an off the ball incident.

His record is brilliant when it compares to that of his great rival, Cristiano Ronaldo - with the Portugal skipper receiving 11 red cards so far.