Ivan Rakitic signed by FC Barcelona in the summer of 2014 and dressed as a Barça player for six seasons, until last summer he signed for the club from which he came when he arrived at Camp Nou: the Sevilla. In an extensive interview on the website of the FIFA, the Croatian midfielder remarked his time for the whole of the Barcelona and his new stage in the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
The truth is Ivan Rakitic only has words of gratitude for everything he experienced at FC Barcelona, a club in which he managed to win all the titles that were at his disposal. “Barcelona, the club, the city, its people, will be in my heart until the rest of my life,” said the Croatian footballer, who left in good manners to Sevilla in exchange for a million and a half euros.
In addition, Ivan Rakitic also spoke about Leo Messi, for whom he had very good words. “He is number one, with all due respect to the other great footballers,” said the Croatian midfielder, adding that “Leo will never know how much it meant to play alongside him.” It must be said that both understood each other perfectly on the pitch, wreaking havoc on the right wing of the culé attack.
On his return to Sevilla, Ivan Rakitic showed tremendous admiration for the Andalusian city, both for what is related to sports and what is not. “Seville is the craziest city in Spain for football. Its passion. People love football, with two great teams and great rivals a very special atmosphere is created,” explained the midfielder, who is gaining more weight within the team. scored by Julen Lopetegui.
The personal story of Ivan Rakitic
Ivan Rakitic also recalled how he met Raquel Mauri, who is currently his wife and with whom he has “an amazing story” That started the day he arrived in Seville. “I arrived very late to the city accompanied by my brother and the next day I had to undergo a medical check-up. I was very nervous. We went out for a drink and a girl was working at the bar. I saw her and knew that I wanted to marry her” he confessed.
The Croatian midfielder had no problem acknowledging that Raquel Mauro rejected him many times until he was finally able to go eat with her. “It was not easy for me. I was sure that she had to be my wife, but it was difficult to convince her to go out with me. She rejected me a lot. I work hard in the field, but this was much more difficult. After seven months she agreed to go to have lunch with me, “he explained.