Real Madrid will probably appeal against the harsh decision to dismiss Ronaldo for reacting to a shove by Carlos Gurpegi, and it would not be the first time he has had a red card overturned.
Ronaldo was sent off for the first time as a 19-year-old in May 2004 over two bookable offences at Aston Villa. Referee Rob Styles adjudged Ronaldo had dived in the first-half and flourished a second yellow card after he kicked the ball away in the second 45. However, Styles reviewed his decisions and was satisfied Ronaldo was not guilty of simulation for his first "offence".
He was dismissed three more times with United, as Steve Bennett sent him off twice at Manchester City and Portsmouth, while Howard Webb showed him two bookings at City again. Both derby dismissals were unjust.
Since he joined Madrid in 2009, the Portuguese has received his marching orders three times, versus Málaga four years ago and in the Copa del Rey final defeat to Atlético Madrid last season. The red at Athletic was the seventh time for the No.7.