The world’s toughest player 2023: Sikou Niakate

A 24-year-old defender Sikou Niakate from Sporting Braga became the player with most red cards (5) received in 2023.  
The Mali international was sent off 3 times in Portuguese League, once in Portuguese Cup and once in Champions League. 
Here is the list of his “red” games.

02/02/2023 Sporting Lisbon vs Sporting Braga 5-0, National League
28/02/2023 Vitoria Guimaraes vs Sporting Braga 2-1, National League
04/06/2023 Sporting Braga vs Porto 0-2, National Cup
28/10/2023 Gil Vicente vs Sporting Braga 3-3, National League
29/11/2023 Sporting Braga vs Union Berlin 1-1, Champions League

Two players, Cristian Lema (Argentina) and Jose Canale (Paraguay) follow him with 4 red cards. Curiously, they are from the same club, Lanús.
Canale received his 4 red cards in the space of just 14 games.