Cristiano Ronaldo has hit back at Swedish star Henrik Larsson for branding him a 'diver'.
Former Celtic, Barcelona and Manchester United striker Larsson has stoked up Saturday's 2010 World Cup qualifying clash between Sweden and Portugal with his controversial outburst.
The veteran frontman reopened the debate regarding Ronaldo's on-field antics by claiming that he will call upon the match referee to keep a close eye on the United superstar this weekend.
With both sides desperate to take maximum points from the crunch clash, Larsson's comments have only served to heighten the tension surrounding the game.
Much will be expected of Ronaldo as he looks to help Portugal get their campaign back on track, but the reigning Fifa World Player of the Year insists he will not resort to underhand tactics in an effort to ensure his side emerge on top.
"It doesn't bother me what Larsson says because I know I don't dive, and that is all that matters," he said in the Daily Mail.
"I may get kicked but I don't dive. It seems everyone wants to have a go at me over that but I don't care."