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What They're Saying
December 26th, 2013 8:50PM

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"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)


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