Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits it is a shame that either he or Cristiano Ronaldo will miss the World Cup but he feels he should be in Brazil.
Sweden travel to Portugal on Friday for the first leg of their World Cup play-off, with one of the teams set to miss out on a trip to Brazil.
"I think that the World Cup needs Zlatan more than Ronaldo," said the Paris Saint Germain star.
"The excitement I can bring to the game and the goals I can score - nobody can rival me for that. I believe the fans would want to see me there above anybody.
"I respect him as a player - he is one of the best. The World Cup needs to have the best players.
"If Ronaldo, or Neymar, or Rooney, or Messi, or Xavi is missing then it is a shame for the competition. And it is a shame for the World Cup that one of myself or Ronaldo will not be in Brazil.
"I just need to make sure I do everything over the next two games to make sure that it is him who misses out and not myself."