We look at the most booked players in A-League history. While many are still active in the league we also remember former players who have racked up a significant amount of bookings over the course of their respective A-League careers.

Top five current players with the most bookings

Manny Muscat (72 bookings – 67 yellow cards and 5 red cards)

With 72 bookings from his 222 appearances in the A-League, Muscat has the accolade of being the most booked player in A-League history. The 33-year-old fits the role of the traditional fullback with his hard-nosed tackling like his namesake, the legendary Kevin Muscat.

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Andrew Durante (69 bookings – 68 yellow cards and 1 red card)

While it may not be a surprise that the most capped player in A-League player makes the list it is still worth highlighting that the Wellington Phoenix captain has amassed the second most amount of bookings over his 281 appearances in the league.

Nigel Boogaard (58 bookings – 49 yellow cards and 9 red cards)

He may be third on this list but the Novocastrian leads the way with the most red cards collected in the league’s history while the Newcastle Jets skipper has also scored his fair share of own goals throughout his career.

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Vince Lia (57 bookings – 56 yellow cards and 1 red card)

Currently on the books of Adelaide United the veteran midfielder has seen his fair share of yellow cards throughout his A-League career which has seen him turn out for both Victory and Phoenix.

Leigh Broxham (56 bookings – 55 yellow cards and 1 red card)

The no nonsense midfielder has become one of Victory’s most reliable players with his aggressive style of play. Always happy to take a card for his team the 30-year-old has collected his fair share of bookings throughout his time with Melbourne.

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Top five former players with the most bookings

Adrian Leijer (57 bookings – 54 yellow cards and 3 red cards)

‘Princess’ Leijer was a fan favourite throughout his two spells with Victory, a traditional centre back and foundation player of the A-League he has racked up quite a collection of bookings throughout his eight seasons in the competition.

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John Hutchinson (57 bookings – 56 yellow cards and 1 red card)

One of the most capped players in A-League history was always bound to appear on this list. With 57 bookings from his 228 appearances in the league the Central Coast Mariners stalwart certainly did not have the worst disciplinary record considering the staggering amount of games he played.

Steve Pantelidis (49 bookings – 46 yellow cards and 3 red cards)

Pantelidis copped his fair share of yellow and red cards throughout his A-League career with his disciplinary record at its worst during his time with the now defunct Gold Coast United where he amassed 20 yellow cards over two seasons.

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Terry McFlynn (48 bookings – 45 yellow cards and 3 red cards)

The hard-hitting Northern Irishman was known for his combative play in the middle of the park for Sydney FC. A foundation player for the Sky Blues, McFlynn played an influential role throughout his time with the club.

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Ruben Zadkovich (46 bookings – 43 yellow cards and 3 red cards)

A cult hero among A-League supporters, Zadkovich’s no nonsense approach to the game meant that he was constantly in the referee’s notebook whether it be for a reckless challenge or simply dissent after being riled up by an opponent.

Statistics courtesy of www.ultimatealeague.com

Feature Image Credit: Cameron McIntosh @NZPhotomac

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