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Rangers flop Fabio Cardoso slammed for 'extreme aggressiveness'

Fabio Cardoso of CD Santa Clara in action during the Liga NOS match between Sporting CP and CD Santa Clara at Estadio Jose Alvalade on March 15, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Fabio Cardoso spent a year at Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers.

Fabio Cardoso of Rangers controls the ball during the Betfred League Cup Quarter Final at Firhill Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers fans could be forgiven if they had forgotten all about Fabio Cardoso.

The Portuguese centre-back has only been gone a little over a year, but it feels like a lot longer by virtue of how far the Gers have come under Steven Gerrard.

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The Rangers manager terminated Cardoso's contract in July of 2018 and returned to his homeland to join Santa Clara.

And to be fair, it's been a successful move for the 25-year-old defender, who had a solid first season, but now he's making headlines for the wrong reasons.

 

Cardoso, who spent just one year at Rangers, is being slammed after his tackle resulted in wonderkid Romario Baro suffering a suspected broken leg during a fiery clash with Porto this week.

The former Ibrox man was later involved in a tunnel bust-up between opposition players [The Scottish Sun] and Francisco Marqueson, Porto's Director of Communications, has said that Cardoso epitomised the 'extreme aggressiveness' of Santa Clara's style.

He said via The Scottish Sun: "The tackle by Fabio Cardoso was very serious.It was typical of the extreme aggressiveness displayed by Santa Clara throughout the game and they were fortunate they were aided by the benevolence of the referee."

Rangers haven't looked back since dumping the Portuguese and Gerrard now has four quality centre-backs at his disposal.

Hypothetically, if Cardoso was still in Glasgow, he'd be nowhere near making the senior squad every week, let alone the first XI, which is testament to the idea that Gerrard made the right decision.

Fabio Cardoso of Rangers gestures during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Ibrox Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

 

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