"Having earned 75 caps and been deeply dedicated in defending the national side's reputation, I have never before felt so disrespected and wounded in my dignity. Among my peers I am just another athlete, but like others I deserve consideration and respect."
-- Portugal's veteran defender Ricardo Carvalho announces his retirement from the national team he's played for at the last two World Cups and European Championships. The Real Madrid star was reportedly upset at not being a confirmed starter in Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Cyrpus, and left training camp. (Reuters)