Midfielder Ivan Rakitic uncovered that Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were not his dear companions during his six-year stretch in Barcelona.

“My relationship with them was never one of dear companions. I accept that is hard in a gathering of 23 or 24 players,” Rakitic said.

The veteran player as of late declared that he has played his last worldwide game for the Croatian squad. In his stay with the national group, he had the option to net 15 objectives and count 16 helps.

“My dearest companions were Andres Iniesta, [Marc-Andre] ter Stegen, [Kevin-Prince] Boateng and Junior Firpo last season,” Rakitic proceeded.

From 2014 to 2020, Rakitic served Camp Nou as a trusted midfielder who was important for the team’s success including a Champions League title and four La Liga prizes. Close by Rakitic were Messi and Suarez driving the group to various awards. There was good chemistry on the field with Rakitic encouraging the offense combined with Messi and Suarez benefiting from scoring openings.

“However, I regard them both. They were my partners for a long time and are significant players. I’ve generally jumped on unbelievably well and have the most extreme regard for them,” Rakitic included.

In spite of not being the nearest in the gathering, Rakitic referenced that they actually stay in contact even during the worldwide pandemic.

“During the Covid lockdown, we’ve all been near one another, nearly neighbors. I’m grateful for how they’ve treated me throughout the long term,” Rakitic shared.

All through Rakitic’s time with Barcelona, he played in 310 games and scored 35 objectives to oblige 42 helps. The 32-year-old is hoping to proceed with his football profession as another appearance for Sevilla FC.


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