Real Madrid – La Liga Has given away just 130 fouls in 10 seasons
It’s not easy to be a centre-back at Real Madrid, a club that usually has so much attacking talent that the defenders can sometimes be left exposed. Yet Raphael Varane has thrived since emerging into the first team.
In his 226 LaLiga Santander matches with Real Madrid, he has only received a total of 10 yellow cards.
The Frenchman currently hasn’t been booked in any of the past 38 league outings, not since receiving a booking away at Real Valladolid on January 26, 2020. That’s a full season of league play without his name going into the referee’s notebook – apart from as a goalscorer, of course.
The fact that Varane has only averaged one yellow card every 22.6 LaLiga Santander games means that he has never had to serve a yellow card accumulation suspension, which comes for every five bookings in a season. Only in 2015/16, when he had four bookings, did he come close to that limit.
Only twice has Varane had to serve a suspension and these were both for red cards. That’s because two of his 10 LaLiga Santander yellows came in the same match against Athletic Club on February 13, 2016.
Then, his only straight red card in LaLiga Santander came on January 27, 2019, when he took down Pablo Piatti of Espanyol. On both occasions, his team had already done enough and they won 4-2 and 4-1 respectively.
Looking at his record over all competitions, Varane has played 347 matches and has had 19 bookings, two red cards and 178 fouls committed, which is one every 161 minutes.
The number of fouls conceded by Varane is impressively low. Over 10 LaLiga Santander seasons, he has given the other team a freekick or penalty just 130 times. In the same space of times defenders like Sergio Ramos (420), Gerard Pique (204), Giorgio Chiellini (266) and Leonardo Bonucci (289) all have far more.