Monaco terminate Naldo’s contract after two red cards in just seven games and with defender not playing this season

MONACO have booted out former Brazil centre-back Naldo after two red cards in seven games peaked his nightmare season.

The mid-table Ligue 1 club cancelled the ex-Wolfsburg star’s contract without the 37-year-old playing a single minute this term.

Monaco's Brazilian defender Naldo picks up his second red card from ref François Letexier against Strasbourg as team-mate Radamel Falcao protests in vain
Monaco’s Brazilian defender Naldo was red-carded on his debut by ref<br />François Letexier against Strasbourg in January 2019
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Naldo was sent off in both his first two league games for Monaco, last january
Naldo was sent off in both his first two league games for Monaco, last January
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In January 2019 Naldo became the first player for 30 years to be sent off twice in his first three French top-flight games.

Starting with his debut against Strasbourg, he saw red twice in seven days during Thierry Henry’s doomed reign.

Now his fed-up club have released a statement saying: “AS Monaco and Naldo have reached an agreement to terminate the contract which bound them until June 30, 2020.”

And Naldo received about as much sympathy on social media as he from referees on the pitch.

One fan tweeted: “2 matches 3 reds, 16 goals conceded.”

Another jibed: “He made more red cards than tackles in Monaco lol.”


One rated him “The best central defender we have” – but that was very much against the grain.

And many supporters demanded a larger clear-out of players, with former Chelsea and Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas, 32, among those criticised.

No post was more scathing than this analysis: “Go more than 47 players to sell and we’re fine …”


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