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Ibra: Can't compare men with women

December 25, 2013
By ESPN staff

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes men’s and women’s football cannot be compared and should be rewarded in terms of finance generated.

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GettyImagesZlatan Ibrahimovic believes people are 'joking' when they compare men's and women's football.

The Sweden international spoke out after his country’s FA created controversy for giving Anders Svensson with a new Volvo for breaking Thomas Ravelli’s record of 143 international caps.

However, the same accolade was not on offer for women’s midfielder Therese Sjogran -- despite earning a record 187 caps for her country.

"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 football. Give it up, it's not even funny," the 32-year-old told Expressen newspaper.

"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).

"I was asked (by Swedish media) in the summer who was the better player, me or (Sweden striker) Lotta Schelin.

"You're joking with me, right? When I've broken all these records, this goal record, the goals in the national team, who shall I compare it to? Shall I compare it to whoever has the record, or the ladies?"

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