The current Ballon d or winner was given his marching orders in the 82nd minute before Gareth Bale rescued his side with a late penalty to secure a 2-1 victory

Cristiano had cut a frustrated figure for much of the encounter, having failed to make a telling impact against a stubborn home side heading into the final 10 minutes.

And the 29-year-old’s irritation got the better of him when he lashed out with a kick at Cordoba defender Edimar after some close attention at the back post following a Madrid free kick, prompting the referee to issue an immediate red card.

The former Manchester United man later took to Twitter to apologise, stating: “I apologise to everyone and especially Edimar for my thoughtless act in the game today.”