The world’s toughest player 2022: Nicolas Diaz
Two 23-year-old defenders from South America each received 4 red cards in 2022; more than any other player in top world football over this year. They are Nicolas Diaz (Chile) and Nazareno Colombo (Argentina).
Diaz can be named as the world’s toughest player 2022 as he has played much fewer games (27) than his colleague (45).
He got all his red cards in the Mexican league, first of them with Mazatlán, other three with Tijuana, in the following games:
12/03/2022 Monterrey 2-1 Mazatlán
27/07/2022 Atlas 1-2 Tijuana
07/08/2022 Toluca 3-1 Tijuana
26/08/2022 Tijuana 0-2 Santos Laguna
His red cards number 2 and 3 were received in his two consecutive games.
Nazareno Colombo has played the whole year in his native league for Defensa y Justicia. He got his red cards in the league (3 times) and in the national Cup (1):
11/02/2022 Newell's Old Boys 1-0 Defensa y Justicia
22/03/2022 Defensa y Justicia 1-1 Arsenal Sarandí
01/09/2022 Defensa y Justicia 0-4 River Plate (Cup)
10/10/2022 Rosario Central 0-0 Defensa y Justicia