"With all respect for what the ladies have done, and they've done it fantastically well, you can't compare men's and women's soccer. Give it up, it's not even funny. When I come out in Europe they compare me to (Lionel) Messi and (Cristiano) Ronaldo. When I come home they compare me to a female player. With all respect for the ladies, they should be rewarded in relation to what they generate (financially)."
-- Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, speaking out after his country's federation was
slammed for presenting midfielder Anders Svensson with a new Volvo for breaking Thomas Ravelli's record of 143 caps. When women's midfielder Therese
Sjogran failed to get similar recognition at the same soccer gala despite earning a record 187 caps, the move was widely criticized. (Expressen via Reuters)