Yes folks, you have opened the right section, Cristiano Ronaldo is heading up our “Villains” chart, not the “Pichichi” list, after the first weekend of the season! As you no doubt know, The Portuguese superstar (who joined the Real Madrid squad late after playing in this summer’s Confederations Cup) came on as substitute in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, and couldn’t resist taking off his shirt to show off his muscles (yawn!) after scoring a great goal. That of course earned him a yellow card, and just a couple of minutes later he was given a second booking for what De Burgos Bengoetxea decided was a dive in the area. An incredulous Ronaldo gave the referee a push before marching off in a huff, and that has cost him a four match suspension on top of the one he gets for the red card. Normally bans have to be served out in the same competition (Modric for example was suspended in that match for a red card in the Super Cup from four years ago), but when the ban is for four games or more it has to be served in all competitions, which means Ronaldo misses the first four league fixtures.

Another five red cards in the opening weekend of the new season, including one for Ronaldo’s team mate Sergio Ramos for a second bookable offence late on in the game at Deportivo. That was a record 18th in the league, taking him level with Pablo Alfaro (current Mirandés coach) and Xavi Aguado (ex Zaragoza). Elsewhere Griezmann (Atlético) and Banega (Sevilla) were both shown red cards for insulting their respective referees, Halilovic (Las Palmas) was red carded for a hard tackle on Valencia’s Gayà in the first half of their match, and Getafe’s Alvaro Jiménez was given his marching orders for a second yellow card at Athletic Bilbao. Griezmann and Banega were given two match bans, all the others one. (24.08.17)

(* suspension pending disciplinary meeting decision)

Villains Yellow cards Red cards (straight) Games banned Total points
Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 2 1 5* 8
Griezmann (Atlético) 1 1 (1) 2* 5
Banega (Sevilla) 1 1 (1) 2* 5
Alvaro Jiménez (Getafe) 2 1 1* 4
Ramos (Real Madrid) 2 1 1* 4
Halilovic (Las Palmas) 0 1 (1) 1* 3