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Ivan Rakitic
Gender Male
Ethnic Croatian
Job Croatian Footballer
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Org Croatia National Team
Club as Player Barcelona FC
  Seville FC


Wife Raquel Rakitic

2015 08 15 Retrieve

[Ivan Rakitic on how he got together with his wife] It’s a love story worthy of Hollywood. I went back to the club hotel after dinner with the sporting director. I knew the following day I had a medical, a meeting with the president and the contract [signing], so I was nervous and didn’t want to sleep. So I went to the hotel bar with my brother for a coffee. The woman who is now my wife was serving. There were still four days left in the transfer window. Another team wanted to lay on a private plane for me to go and sign for them, but I told my brother, ‘No, I’ve given my word to the Sevilla president. I’m going to sign the contract tomorrow - and I’m going to marry that waitress. I lived in that hotel for almost three months, and I would go to the bar every day and order a coffee and an Orange Fanta, because that is all I knew how to ask for in Spanish! When another waitress tried to serve me I’d have to say, ‘No, not you, the other one!’ Raquel would always say she had to work so she couldn’t come out with me. But one day a friend tipped me off that she was in the bar on her day off, so I jumped straight in the car and drove to the bar. I walked up to her, pulled up a chair and said, ‘Here I am, and now you have no choice about coming out with me because you’re not working’. She came out for dinner with me the next day and we have been together ever since. George Clooney couldn’t have done it better!

2015 12 21 Retrieve

[on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] We’re really happy to have those three in our squad. I wouldn’t say they never rest and play every game, but they don’t like to rest. They are like children playing football. They wouldn’t like it much. It would be like taking the ball away from them. They make us a different team and make us better

2015 12 22 Retrieve

[on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] Although they’re different characters, there’s pure harmony between them on the pitch. It may sound like an exaggeration, but I tell you: Messi, Suárez and Neymar are the best of friends, and possibly the best friends in football history

2016 10 22 Retrieve

[Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic thinks Neymar will be the next Messi] If we speak about the best, it is Leo Messi. Neymar is on the way to be the next best. Barça will do the best thing to sign a new contract with him and maybe they can put a buyout clause as high as possible because he will be the next Messi, for sure. He’s scored [nearly] 300 goals and he’s only 24. He’s really special

2017 01 21 Retrieve

[Ivan Rakitic pays tribute to head coach Luis Enrique] Luis Enrique has helped me enormously. He gave me confidence straight away, as did my team-mates, which enabled me to work calmly. It’s the ‘Mister’ who asked the club to sign me. If I had to throw myself off a bridge for him, I would do it without hesitation. With a look or a smile, he gives you the confidence necessary to succeed

2017 02 11 Retrieve

[Ivan Rakitic tells about the lengths Lionel Messi had to go to in order to get some peace and quiet in Catalonia] With my neighbours, I have not had any problem, I am not like Messi in Castelldefels, he had to buy his house from the neighbours because they were noisy and so he could be alone

2017 09 23 Retrieve

[Ivan Rakitic writes about how he met his wife Raquel during his time playing for Sevilla] When I met my wife, I felt as though I really had something to play for, and my career went to another level after that. We had a lot of special years in Seville. In 2013, I was named the first foreign captain of the club since Maradona. That was such a special honor for me, especially because of how much the club meant to my wife’s grandfather

2018 09 08 Retrieve

[Ivan Rakitic believes Croatia team-mate Luka Modric deserves The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2018 award] Luka is now La Liga’s big gun, he is the best player in the world this year and we Croats are very proud of him. I wish that he wins the last prize that is left for him to win because he absolutely deserves it. Those that are jealous of Luka, let them die in their jealousy. I am proud of him and as happy as if I was winning those awards

2018 09 15 Retrieve

[Ivan Rakitic backs Croatia team-mate Luka Modric to be named The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2018] If there is an individual prize that Lionel Messi can’t win, then there’s no doubt that this season it should go to Luka Modric. It wouldn’t surprise me if he were to win with many more votes. This has been his year and I am really happy for him. If Messi isn’t the best, then it has to be Modric

2018 09 22 Retrieve

[Ivan Rakitic on team-mate Lionel Messi’s free-kick goal against PSV Eindhoven] A lot of the time when (Messi) takes the free-kicks you go directly to the place where you’re going to celebrate them

2019 05 23 Retrieve

[The acquisition of Frenkie de Jong is likely to put Ivan Rakitic’s place at Barcelona under threat] I am convinced that he will not arrive for my position, my position is occupied

2019 07 01 Retrieve

[It is worth pointing out that Ivan Rakitic have spoken in glowing terms about Griezmann after Barcelona fans harass him] You have to congratulate him for it because he showed his love and dedication to his club. It was not a decision against Barca or anyone; it was in favour of Atletico Madrid. I congratulate him for that decision and now if I saw him here I would shake his hand and tell him that I respect him because it is not easy to make that decision, to stay then and to leave this year. All good players are welcome to us

2019 07 12 Retrieve

[Antoine Griezmann will certainly add something to the Blaugrana] He is a top-level player, one of the best in the world, and of course I would love him to play in my team

2019 07 22 Retrieve

[Ivan Rakitic continues to ignore the transfer talk which surrounds him at Barcelona] My idea is very clear, I want to stay at Barca. [Transfer talk] is a situation I’m used to. It happened to me last year. I’ve spoken with the club and the coach and we have the same idea, for me to stay at Barca. We’re open to everything, as always, but my intention is to stay. I have two more years on my contract and I want to keep enjoying myself at Barca.

[With Rakitic experienced now to ignore any potentially distracting stories about his future, he claims that speculation is no longer a source of frustration for him] It doesn’t annoy me. I know that football works like this and it makes me proud because if other teams want me it’s because I’m doing things very well. I’m calm

[Rakitic is currently tied to a deal with Barca until the summer of 2021] I spoke with the president on various topics and now the club has other things to do before thinking about [my new contract]. The president wants to create a good squad so that the fans can enjoy Barca.

2019 08 30 Retrieve

[In their desperation to re-sign Neymar, Barca are offering Ivan Rakitic as a makeweight. Of course, the 31-year-old is no stranger to being linked with moves away from Camp Nou] I am used to seeing my name mentioned [in transfer stories] every season. Since I got here, it has always been the same. I spoke with the club and with Ernesto Valverde and my idea is to stay here and its the club’s plan too, but I am open to everything

[However, despite his laconic style, Rakitic has never treated playing for Barcelona as anything other than a privilege] I’ve had four and a half years here that have been so good. I’m part of the biggest team in the world and that makes me very proud. I love football. A lot. It still feels amazing to be able to play football every day and if you love something then you tend to be better at it. I would never describe football as a job because it doesn’t feel like a job. But I also know that there’s a responsibility to play here, that people are looking at you every minute and that they want to know what you are doing. Every player is different but I try to treat everyone the same. On a day-to-day basis, I come across other footballers and club staff and I try to treat all the same, from the security guard to Lionel Messi

[Rakitic once recalled his seven-month pursuit of his now-wife Raquel Mauri. The Croatian first spotted the Spaniard serving at a bar in Seville and returned every day for months in an attempt to convince her to go on a date with him] I was drinking so much coffee it was ridiculous. I probably asked her out 20 or 30 times. It was the hardest thing I’ve done in my life. It was harder than winning the Champions League, and it took nearly as long

2019 10 09 Retrieve

[Ivan Rakitic has suggested that if he does not earn more game time at Barcelona, he could seek to leave the club imminently] I don’t know what will happen now. It’s tough because I want to play and not just be part of the team. I will do everything possible to change my situation. I have two years left on my deal and there’s no better place to play than Barcelona, the best club in the world, but I need to play and not just enjoy walks around the city and the beach. I spoke with people at the club, everyone knew I had other options. I want to fight so that the team see me ready to deliver on the pitch. I want to thank the fans for the affection they showed me this weekend, but if nothing changes, we will have to sit down and talk about my situation again

2019 11 12 Retrieve

[Ivan Rakitic feels like Barcelona took my ball after being confined to a marginal role at Camp Nou this season] How can I enjoy it? It’s like I’ve said many times, how does my little daughter feel when you take a toy from her? She feels sad. Well, I feel the same. They took my ball. I feel sad

[Serie A giants Juventus, Inter and AC Milan have all been mentioned as potential January suitors for the 31-year-old, who feels he still has plenty to offer] I understand and respect the decisions of the coach or a club or whatever, but I think I’ve given a lot in these five years and I’ve been at my peak here. And what I want is to be able to continue enjoying playing, that is the most important thing for me. I enjoy playing. I’m 31 years old, I’m not 38, and I feel at my best

2019 12 02 Retrieve

[Ivan Rakitic is confused by his position at Barcelona, saying he wanted more game time] I do not understand the situation because I want to play. If I can play, there is no better place than Barca. I want to enjoy every day and if it can be here, much better.

I said that the ball had been taken from me to imply how much I like football. But if I can play, there is no better place than Barca. What I want to do is enjoy, doing my best because I still have a lot to give. I have the confidence of my team-mates and if the coach puts me in, I understand that it will also be like that

2019 12 08 Retrieve

[Ivan Rakitic says Barcelona is the perfect place for him after starting his third successive game in the 5-2 win over Real Mallorca on Saturday] Lots of things have happened in the last few months. Sometimes, things happen that you can’t understand, but you have to accept it. It’s happened to me. No one gives you anything. I want to give my all and if I can play here then I’ve always said that there’s no better place than Barcelona to keep winning trophies, it’s the perfect place for me. I want to enjoy myself and try to help the team improve. I’m giving my best and if it can be like it has been in the last few games then that’s even better. I’m here to play and take advantage of the minutes I get to earn the trust of the coach and my team-mates. I’m prepared for anything

2019 12 27 Retrieve

[Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic has insisted that he is not thinking about leaving Barcelona as rumours continue to swirl over his future] The most important question is whether I can play in Barcelona. If I can play, I am sure that Barcelona is the best place for me. We will see what happens, but I am preparing to contribute as much as possible this year. I have been here for five and a half years and have lived my most important days in Barcelona. I am convinced that the best is yet to come. I don’t think about anything more than Barcelona. Of course, in football you must be prepared for anything, but my idea is to be here. I am very happy and proud to be here. Many things have happened that cannot be changed, but my goal is to play and do it in Barcelona. I come to train happy, the smile has returned, and I want to play. I am determined to do everything possible to have the confidence of the club, the coaches, the teammates and the fans

What has changed? I don’t know. In recent months I have tried to do my best in every training and in every game. I waited for the opportunity, it came, and I want to take it. I am 31 years old, it is the best time for football and I want to play. It’s the most important thing. No, [I have not talked to Valverde]. There is nothing to say, I think everything is clear. For me it is important to enjoy football. I am happy to go training in the morning and prepare for the game in the best way possible. In the end, it is the coach who decide who will play and how much

2020 02 02 Retrieve

[Rakitic unhappy at Barcelona’s handling of transfer saga] There have been several things that I did not like. I say it very clearly. We know there are people who make decisions but here we are not to laugh or enjoy, In the end the best thing for the club has to be what is good. We must accept not to understand some things

It’s not time to talk about [my unhappiness]. I’m happy to have played today and everyone knows it, you don’t have to open things again. Everything has already happened and I have to turn the page and not think too much about it. You have to work in the best way possible because the decisive part of the season is coming. I want my colleagues, technicians and fans to count on me

2020 02 14 Retrieve

[Ivan Rakitic keen to play with Cristiano Ronaldo but declares Messi best of all time] Of course I would. He is also one of the greatest players in history. You enjoy watching him play and he’s doing well at Juventus.

[on Messi] It’s amazing to play with him - he’s special. There have been great players in every era, but I’m sure he’s been the best in the last 15 years. In my opinion, I think he’s the best of all time. Being with him for six years has been incredible

[Rakitic admits he considered leaving Barcelona] It’s a part of football. You have to understand that and be ready [to potentially leave] in January. You have to be happy, you have to think about your family, and if I play for Barcelona I am happy

First of all I would like to have Neymar in my team for sure, he needs to decide what’s best for him as he’s my big friend. I want to see him happy and for sure when he is happy he is one of the best players in the world

2020 02 26 Retrieve

[Barca’s squad will be stretched to the limit in the reverse fixture] We have a short squad but those that are in charge knew that. The solution is what it is. Those that are available will have to work really hard because we have an important match in the second leg

2020 03 22 Retrieve

[Barcelona star Rakitic felt coronavirus chaos coming after Naples visit] It hasn’t been a surprise. When we went to Naples (in the Champions League last month), people were talking about it a lot in Italy and I said to Xavi (the team doctor) that this would get worse. Now it’s the best thing we can do. I would like to go out on the street and walk about, but it’s not necessary. We have to be indoors. I don’t like it, but it’s necessary and important

It will be strange seeing each other again at the training ground and playing again. Let’s hope we are in the best condition. Obviously, we will lose some adrenaline. It won’t be like in the summer, when you have the whole season ahead. Almost impossible to return at 100 per cent after a month, but there will be no lack of desire

2020 04 13 Retrieve

It will be strange seeing each other again at the training ground and playing again. Let’s hope we are in the best condition. Obviously, we will lose some adrenaline. It won’t be like in the summer, when you have the whole season ahead. Almost impossible to return at 100 per cent after a month, but there will be no lack of desire

2020 04 13b Retrieve

[Barcelona midfielder Rakitic touts ‘dream’ return to old club] I have always said that it would be a great dream to wear that shirt again. Everyone knows it, but it is not my own decision, whether I want it or not. There are other factors involved.

Monchi and everyone at Sevilla has my phone number. They haven’t called me yet and recently it was my birthday. I have a special affection for Sevilla, and for the city - I have my family there

I am not a sack of potatoes. I will decide my future. I want to be where I am valued. If it is here, delighted, and if not, it will be where I decide

[With La Liga sides still yet to return to normal training] It will be strange seeing each other again at the training ground and playing again. Let’s hope we are in the best condition. Obviously, we will lose some adrenaline. It won’t be like in the summer, when you have the whole season ahead. Almost impossible to return at 100 per cent after a month, but there will be no lack of desire

2020 04 20 Retrieve

[Ivan Rakitic believes Barcelona will be crowned La Liga champions if the season cannot be finished due to coronavirus] We all want to play again and to win the league by playing. I also understand that if we can’t go back somehow, the season will have to end. If we are at the top then we will have to be the champions, but deadlines must be exhausted. The ideal scenario would be to finish whenever, but always with a well-made plan, especially considering next season too.

I don’t want to give the feeling of being angry or anything like that. It’s not like that. I’m calm and happy where I am, but of course there are two sides and we want to do things well

There have been several things that I did not like. I say it very clearly. We know there are people who make decisions but here we are not to laugh or enjoy. In the end the best thing for the club has to be what is good. We must accept not to understand some things

2020 04 30 Retrieve

[Ivan Rakitic has declared he would willingly take the risk of catching coronavirus if it ensured Spanish football could resume] I want to play. It is evident that we must try to return with the best sanitary guarantees but we must also know that they will never be 100 per cent. But that same risk will be borne by all workers on their return to work. Supermarket employees also change in dressing rooms and have the same or more possibility of getting it as we do. They take that risk and I want to take it too. I think we have that debt and I’m sure if we asked the fans they would love for there to be football

Without a doubt and I say this from the awareness that the risk will be very small, but also because of the solidarity with those who have been playing for us from the first minute and that they will continue like this for many days

Lately I have heard many people talk about the problems there would be if we do not play, economic problems, European competitions, calendar, promotions, relegations, but I have not heard anyone talk about people, those people for whom their team is part of their life and they have suddenly had it taken away. Socially we must take a step, to be able to entertain people with what they like, so that we all stop thinking about viruses and disease, so that we can return to joking around with our neighbour from the opposite team

2020 05 07 Retrieve

[Rakitic laughs off Barcelona exit talk despite approaching final 12 months of contract] I’ve got used to it a bit. I’ve been here six years now - so I’ve had six years of this sort of thing. I have to try to understand it, to remember that football is not just a sport. There is a bit more to it. We know that, we have to try to understand it - you have a laugh about it sometimes. The main thing is that I feel good and I am getting good feedback from the manager and the club. I’ve still got a contract, when I sign a contract I always intend to fulfil it, and if that cannot happen for any reason, then we’ll sit down together and talk about it, but for the moment, I am very happy here and I am thinking about other stuff.

Today’s the first day I’ve been out in 60 days. I’ve only been 30-40 metres from the house until now. We’ve been allowed for, I think, about a week, to go out walking with children for one hour per day, and that was it. So today was the first time I’ve been properly out of the house. And it was a funny feeling, a bit uncomfortable, driving with gloves on, with a mask on, pretty weird, the situation is a new one for us, and you do have, well maybe not fear, but you certainly have respect for the situation. In football you have to be ready for anything but as I’ve said I don’t want to look too far ahead. I want to enjoy the moment and get ready to play whenever we are able to, or allowed to. We are still in the Champions League - we have the second leg of the last-16 tie against Napoli. In La Liga we are two points ahead of Real Madrid, and we have fair few games still to play. We want to try to enjoy that, hopefully enjoy that, and after that we’ll see

2020 05 19 Retrieve

[Rakitic wants Barcelona future talks amid Juventus swap deal rumours] I have become used to my name coming out, it is not new. It would be nice to be in touch. I had it with Abidal, but it was more to talk about going back to work. I don’t have any negative thoughts. You can always talk to me. I am happy to go back to training and to wear the Barca shirt again

It is not only in recent times, I have been in the same situation for two or three years. Nothing changes for me. I really want to prepare for the return. A few games remain and for that I want to be at the highest level. The rest will be seen. When I sign a contract it is with the idea of fulfilling it.

I want to have the best in my team and Lautaro is at the best level, we have noticed that every time we play against Inter. If he arrives I’m delighted, but I have nothing to do with this

2020 06 06 Retrieve

[Ivan Rakitic says Messi, Suarez and Neymar gave Barca a strong sense of superiority] It was very enjoyable. You could see the opposition’s concern, because they had to fully focus and didn’t know where to concentrate most. We attacked at every possible chance, we were dangerous and deep and had everything. It was a joy to play with them. We were very strong and got stronger with time. We reached the final at our peak and I remember how we felt. We said that we didn’t want the season to end because we wanted to keep playing. There was a strong sense of superiority that kept us wanting to play. [The key was] how the players mixed together and how hungry the new players were. All of that was coupled with a great coach who knew the finer details and how to handle everything. It was an impressive season and I still remember it all today: what happened before the final, the game, the goal, the post-match - it was unforgettable. That final will always be engraved in my mind

[While the 2019-20 season will have an unusual feel once it restarts due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis] It will be different for everyone. There’s a clear before and after with the virus. We have come through a hard time, everyone worked at home and now the games will be behind closed doors, so everything will be different.

[Asked if Barca could win the Champions League for the first time since that 2015 success] We want to improve a lot of things because we know that we need to. There’s a fantastic atmosphere in the dressing room and we have clear objectives. Hopefully we’ll end August with both trophies [La Liga and the Champions League], we are working for that and I think it is possible. We want it. We will have to be prepared and see how the competition is formatted, but we have an opportunity that we want to take advantage of.

2020 06 07 Retrieve

[Rakitic says he will stay at Barcelona next season but admits it is ‘not nice’ to be out the team] I spoke to the club ten or 15 days ago and the conclusion is that I have nothing to talk about because I have a contract until the summer of 2021 with Barcelona and it is the entity I want to be in and play with. Furthermore, my wife and my daughters are good in the city. There is no reason to think about other things. I am training well and I am sure that Rakitic will be in Barcelona longer.

It is not nice when you do not play, especially when you do not understand why and they do not explain the reasons. But I respect the coach’s decisions. I am in a team sport, not individual. The most important thing to me is the present moment, and that means we are starting the championship next weekend. We must be ready for that too. With the years I have, I think I have proven that football is most important to me. I simply want to be happy and enjoy. That means winning a lot more trophies with Barcelona

2020 06 12 Retrieve

[Ivan Rakitic is seeking clarity over his future at Barcelona amid ongoing rumours linking him with a summer move] I’m not angry with anyone, I still have a great relationship with everyone at the club and I’m incredibly grateful for the time so far at Barca. It’s just that after the long time I’ve been here, people talk to me openly about everything. I want clarity in which direction it is going. I now feel that we want to take a common path. I have no problem with the fact that there have been many headlines around my name in recent years. I am always open to discussions with those responsible and prefer it to being told about it through third parties. I am still very happy at Barca. My wife also feels very comfortable in Barcelona

I don’t want to look too far ahead. The people at the club know that Barca is the perfect club for me. I always sign a contract with the intension of fulfilling it. I still want that and I want to feel needed at the club. [Staying at Barcelona] is the plan. With the coronavirus crisis going on, a lot will be new for us players and for the Spanish clubs. If something bothers you, you have to talk, but the idea is that I want to stay here longer

My head and heart are clear at Barca. Now I want to enjoy the moment after the hard time with the coronavirus pandemic. Everyone who knows me knows how crazy I am about football

2020 06 16 Retrieve

[Ivan Rakitic on Ansu Fati] What Ansu is doing is impressive. We’re very happy with him

2020 06 23 Retrieve

[Respect! Rakitic upstages Messi to silence Barcelona haters - for now] I am not a sack of potatoes. I will decide my future and I want to be where I am valued