FRANK DE BOER reckons equal pay for men and women in football is "ridiculous".
There have been calls for female footballers to earn the same as the men, most notably among American World Cup winner's Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan.
And in Holland, they have announced that the women's international players will earn the same as the men from 2023.
But former Crystal Palace manager De Boer, 49, who now coaches Atlanta United, argued the men's game is still far more popular and they deserve to be paid more.
The ex-Rangers defender told the Guardian: "I think for me, it's ridiculous.
"If there are watching, for the World Cup final, 500million people or something like that, and 100million for a women's final, that's a difference. So it's not the same.
"And of course they have to be paid what they deserve to (earn) and not less, just what they really deserve.
"If it's just as popular as the men, they will get it, because the income and the advertising will go into that.
"But it's not like that, so why do they have to earn the same? I think it's ridiculous. I don't understand that."
In the United States, the women's final was watched on Fox by 14million, while the men's World Cup final got 11.4m — suggesting the women have a point.
But because the women's team have a separate collective bargaining agreement with United States Soccer Federation, the governing body released a lengthy statement to explain how the actually earn MORE.
Between 2010 and 2018, the women's team earned £28.3million, while the men got £21.9m between them.
Molly Levinson, a spokeswoman for the women's players argued that the women earn less per game.
The showpiece clash between USA and Holland attracted 4.7m viewers in the UK, compared to 2.4m in 2015.
De Boer, who has 112 Dutch caps, added: "I think it started because a woman [was] getting underpaid, especially at [managerial] positions.
"They have to earn the same as a man.