The World Cup 2018 in Russia promises to be full of drama both on and off the pitch. Officials will be hoping that the current political climate doesn’t get in the way of what should be a fantastic spectacle for fans all over the world. At the previous tournament in Brazil, 8 red cards were shown, which was the fewest since 1986. Many pundits are predicting a fiery tournament this time round though, particularly because of these hot headed players:
Diego Costa is considered as one of the best strikers in world football, mixing strength, precise finishing and the dark arts. The Brazilian-born striker has a habit of winding up opposing players, and generally plays the game on a knife edge. Diego Costa always manages to make the headlines in one way or another, most notably when he turned down a call up from the Brazil national team and chose to play for Spain instead. One thing’s for sure though, the striker is one of those players you’d want on your team rather than against you.
Although Mexican striker, Hirving Lozano is only 22 years of age, he’s already amassed a total of 8 red cards in his career so far, with 6 of them being outright! Lozano has earned himself the nickname, Chucky, because of his wide smile and the terror he inflicts upon defences. He has often been compared to Luis Suarez because of their similar playing styles, and for the fact that they both plied their trade in the Eredivise in Holland.
Uruguayan striker, Luis Suarez is no stranger to controversy, and has been involved in numerous incidents on the pitch throughout his career. In the previous World Cup, the Barcelona striker was doing his best to maintain a positive image after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic earlier in the season when he was still a Liverpool player. Incredibly though, when Uruguay came up against Italy in the group stage, he was involved in a tussle with Giorgio Chiellini and ended up biting him on the shoulder! Suarez was also infamously red carded after saving a shot with his hands in the World Cup 2010 against Ghana.
Sergio Ramos is without doubt one of the best defenders in the world, and has been for a long time now. Not only does he have an imperious aerial ability, he has guile, trickery and he scores many important goals. Having said that, the Spanish defender has let himself and his team mates down countless times by getting sent off and getting into altercations. To date, Sergio Ramos has accumulated 24 red cards for club and country, and he is still only 32! Maybe that’s the price you have to pay when you’ve won the European Championship twice and the World Cup with Spain, not to mention the 19 major titles for Real Madrid!