| Ivan Rakitić, Croatian soccer player born in Switzerland, is a versatile and physical midfielder who can stake a claim on nearly every inch of the midfield. He’s an offensive-minded player, but he is also an avid defender when his team requires it. He has good game vision and his passing capability is excellent. Throughout his career he’s stood out as great assister. He also possesses a powerful shot. Despite featuring for the Swiss national youth teams, Rakitić elected to play for Croatia. Since his debut at the age of 19, on September 8 of 2007, he’s become a nearly permanent feature for Croatia.Ivan speaks five langauges: Croatian, German, Castillan, English and French. |
Skills of Ivan Rakitic
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Ivan Rakitić joined FC Barcelona in the summer of 2014. The midfielder was born to Croatian parents in Rheinfelden, Switzerland, on March 10, 1988, and he has dual nationalities (Swiss and Croat).
Rakitić, who spent his childhood in Switzerland, followed in his father and brotherâ€™s footsteps and began to develop his footballing career. He joined the youth team of Basel, where he made his debut in a UEFA Cup match against Neuchatel Xamax on September 29 of 2005 at the age of 17. But it wasnâ€™t until the following season, 2006/07, that he became a regular starter for the team. He won the Swiss Cup with Basel and he scored 11 goals that season, which earned him the accolade of Best Young Player of the Swiss Superleague.
In his first season at the Club, the ex-Sevilla player played a total of 50 games â€” 32 in La Liga, 12 in the Champions League and six in the Spanish Cup, scoring a total of eight goals. His biggest goal came on 6 June 2015 in the Champions League Final against Juventus, opening the scoring and paving the way to BarĂ§a's fifth European Cup.
RakitićÂ is a versatile and physical midfielder who can stake a claim on nearly every inch of the midfield. Heâ€™s an offensive-minded player, but he is also an avid defender when his team requires it. He has good game vision and his passing capability is excellent. Throughout his career heâ€™s stood out as great assister. He also possesses a powerful shot. He is also excellent at crashing the box, an ability that has allowed him to increase his goalscoring tally since his arrival to Spanish football.
Interview with Rakitic, in Castillan
Behind the scenes
Ivan Rakitic with his wife Raquel Mauri Rakitic
Raquel and Ivan Rakitić with Croatian Coat of Arms in Sevilla
Formated for CROWN by Darko ®ubrinić
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