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Name Ivan Rakitic
Gender Male
Ethnic Croatian
Job Croatian Footballer

Affiliation

Org Croatia National Team
Club as Player Barcelona FC
  Seville FC

Relationship

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

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