Roberto Mancini told Carlos Tevez to play Tuesday. Tevez said no.
That's the story told by Mancini, manager of Manchester City, after the club's Champions League loss to Bayern Munich. Tevez denies it, but it's not hard to believe; the enigmatic Argentine has had his share of odd moments (more on that below).
Of course, if true, Tevez is far from the first person to say thanks but no thanks, to refuse to go on, for one reason or another.
Here are Page 2's biggest refusals of all time, featuring Tevez and 11 more (because of soccer, of course):
12. Bobby Fischer
The enigmatic chess star forfeited a game in the 1972 "Match of the Century" against Boris Spassky. The reason: A film crew had set up cameras, and Fischer wanted no part of it.
11. Han Solo in "Star Wars"
"What good's a reward if you ain't around to use it?" Solo asked Luke before the Rebels' attack on the Death Star. Ultimately, though, Solo's conscience forced him into last-minute action to save the day (and Luke's life). But could he have done more if he fought the whole time? Note: If you consider that a spoiler well, there's just nothing to say to that.