Cristiano Ronaldo red cards: Man Utd star reduced to tears after Juventus incident in 2018

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been sent off more times than most supporters would initially think.

Yes, it's no secret that the Portuguese star can lose his temper from time to time, though that has admittedly been the case less and less recently, there aren't many red cards that immediately leap to mind.

Nevertheless, many of Ronaldo's red cards make for intriguing viewing because of the 11 dismissals that the 36-year-old has racked up in his career, very few of them would be described as routine.

Ronaldo dismissals

Besides, it speaks volumes that the first time Ronaldo was every given his marching orders came when he picked up a second yellow card for scoop-lobbing a goalkeeper after the referee's whistle.

And who can forget when Ronaldo was slapped with a five-match ban for pushing a match official mere seconds after being given a red card during El Clasico?

However, to Ronaldo's credit, he has now gone three years without being sent for an early bath and even that most recent of dismissals wasn't exactly one that you'd call cut and dry.

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Ronaldo's infamous red card

But that's certainly not to say that it wasn't note-worthy because to remark that Ronaldo reacted strongly to the red card would be the mother of all understatements.

Yes, we are - of course - talking about when Ronaldo was sent back to the dressing room during Juventus' Champions League tie at Valencia during the 2018/19 season.

Referee Felix Brych sent the five-time Ballon d'Or winner packing for supposedly pulling the hair of Jeison Murillo when the pair tangled off the ball during the first-half.

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Ronaldo's emotional reaction

It was certainly a controversial red card and when Ronaldo learnt his punishment, he proceeded to produce an incredibly animated reaction that culminated with him visibly crying on the pitch.

It really did make for a dramatic Champions League moment regardless of whether or not you think Ronaldo should have been sent off, so be sure to relive the chaos down below:

You certainly can't fault Ronaldo for not putting all of his emotion into the game.

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However, the Portuguese's woes didn't end there because not only was he forced to deal with the disappointment of being sent off, but it also meant that he had to splash the cash on his teammates.

Yes, that's right, because the Mirror reported that Maximiliano Allegri's rules at the Allianz Stadium dictated that any player was given a red card had to buy a gift for the other members of the squad.

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Wojciech Szczesny reportedly told Polish television: "Yes, we all have one. It took a long time because he couldn't process the red card and he insisted that he had done nothing wrong.

"It took a little [time], two months, but finally we all received an iMac."

So, from shedding tears at the Mestalla to splashing the cash in Turin, it's fair to say that Ronaldo must have regretted making any contact with Murillo at all.

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