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See The 10 Most Dangerous Players in Football History

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Tackling defenders or defensive midfielders is an art, whether it's Aaron Wan Bissaka's perfectly timed tackles or Wilfred Ndidi's combative nature of the often rugged Nemanja Vidic, tackling is an efficient means of preventing the opposition from scoring. But often as a rough tackler, players go too far and hurt the opposition and get a bad rep or they get the full name they deserve for being a hard man and a dangerous player. These ten players are not the players with the most red cards, but by leaving a few broken legs behind or just being plain dirty on the football pitch, they have carved a name for themselves as being very dangerous on tackles.

10. Mark Van Bommel

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For the likes of PSV, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Milan, the Dutch defensive midfielder had a prolific career. The midfielder was also tough and competitive, known for being a tackling machine and an expert ball winner. As he's notorious for throwing elbows and leaving his studs on players, the midfielder had a dangerous hand. Certainly, Mark Van Bommel left several opposition players injured and on the sideline.

9. Roy Keane

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The Manchester United Legend is certainly not to be messed with on the pitch by a midfielder known for his no nonsense attitude and approach. The midfielder held a two-year grudge against Alf-Inge Haaland of Manchester City. Thus after Haaland ridiculed him two years ago, he injured Manchester City's midfielder.

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8. Marco Materazzi

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The former Italian defender, known forever for the headbutt he got from the French hero Zinedine Zidane, is known for leaving a generous elbow or studs on opposition players. Mario Balotelli once clashed with a teammate of his own when they were at Inter Milan.

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7. Pepe

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The former defender of Real Madrid was as they come, rugged. Whether it's cheat to get a foul or leaving a studs up tackle on an opposing player, he'd do anything to win. When he was still a Real Madrid player, an El Classico war led him to stomp on Messi.

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6. Gennaro Gattuso

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Napoli's head coach, the former AC Milan midfield enforcer, was not one to mess about on the football pitch. Gattuso, considered to be highly violent and abusive to opposing players, has a long list of conflicts he has created on the pitch. He slapped Zlatan Ibrahimovic once and attacked the assistant coach of an opponent.

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5. Nigel De Jong

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Through his rough tackles, the Dutch midfielder broke two opposing players' ankles, which is how dangerous he was on the football pitch. In a World Cup match, the former Man City midfielder will be forever remembered for his kung-fu against Xabi Alonso. Provided their broken legs, Scottish midfielder Stuart Holden and French midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa will remember Nigel De Jong forever.

4. Vinnie Jones

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It took this former Chelsea midfielder turn actor to get a yellow card for a rough challenge on an opposing player just 3 seconds after kick off. In a football match, he once grabbed Paul Gascoigne's genitals and was handed a total of 12 red cards throughout his playing career.

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3. Kevin Muscat

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Kevin Muscat, considered one of the dirtiest football players, has a long list of disciplined people who are sick. The player was badly injured by Craig Bellamy and Chritsophe Dugarry. During his playing career, he had 12 red cards and plenty of suspension, including fists, body checks, battle, behind challenges and altercations with managers on the sideline.

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2. Andoni Goikoetxea

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The Spanish defender, dubbed the Butcher from Bilbao, once wounded Bernd Schuster, and Germany never fully recovered from the dangerous challenge internationally. During a football match against Barcelona, he even caused a major ligament injury to Argentinian legend Diego Maradona and even immortalized the boot he used to do the damage.

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1. Ryan Shawcross

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Aaron Ramsey will attest to this Stoke City captain having a penchant for leaving opponents on the floor while heading in for a challenge, as the Stoke Captain once broke his leg. Once, Shawcross seriously hurt Francis Jeffers' Sheffield Wednesday ankle and wounded Emmanuel Adebayor with a late tackle. The town of Stoke was famous for its physical football and their captain and ring chief was Ryan Shawcross. On a tackle, he was as dangerous as they come.

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