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Argentina striker Hernan Crespo does not believe he is given the respect he deserves.

He is disappointed that people do not seem to rate him as highly as other strikers.

“Sometimes it hurts when you are not respected. I have scored many goals everywhere I have been,” said Crespo, who has scored 32 goals from 59 appearances for his country.

“I am the third top scorer for the national team and I was top scorer in the qualifiers.

“Neither Ronaldo, (Ivan) Zamorano or (Marcelo) Salas scored more goals than me.

“I feel proud of the career that I have had in Europe but many times I feel as though I have not been respected.

“During the World Cup I was sorry that many people wanted other players in my position.

“Everyone can have an opinion but you can’t say anything against statistics.”

Crespo also paid tribute to the Villarreal playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme, who announced his retirement from international football this week.

“An Italian journalist told me about Riquelme’s decision and it really took me by surprise because he had been the captain of the team in the first match under new coach Alfio Basile,” he said.

“I have a great respect for Riquelme as a person and as a professional. If one of the reasons for quitting the national team was his mother it is a shame.

“I am worried because recently many important people have decided to quit to the national team.

“First it was (Marcelo) Bielsa, then (Jose) Pekerman and now Riquelme.

“Something is going wrong in Argentinian football and if we are going to keep on losing talents I think that we have to sit down and stop this.” is the home of football betting. Click here for odds on every football match.

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