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Name Ivan Rakitic
Gender Male
Ethnic Croatian
Job Croatian Footballer


Org Croatia National Team
Club as Player Barcelona FC
  Seville FC


Wife Raquel Rakitic

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