Other 'strikers' who wouldn't play
Carlos Tevez is the latest in a long line of footballers who have either gone on or threatened to go on strike.
Did not play for Liverpool against Manchester City last August, as he was "not in the right frame of mind". He moved to Barcelona within the week.
Amid interest from Manchester United, the Tottenham forward did not start against Middlesbrough and Sunderland in August 2008. He moved to Manchester United for £31m hours before the transfer window closed.
In 2006, Chelsea claimed the defender threatened to score an own goal if selected for the club's opening game of the season. He then joined Arsenal as part of the deal for Ashley Cole.
Pierre van Hooijdonk
After a successful first season with Nottingham Forest in 1997-98, Van Hooijdonk (L) became incensed that the newly promoted club were not strengthening and requested a transfer. Forest refused, so he went to train wit NAC Breda instead, but eventually returned to Forest.