The Barcelona midfielder has expressed his opinion relating to the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. Also claimed that his National side Croatia haven’t found a way to stop Messi in the upcoming FIFA World Cup fixture.
Published By: Dalipinder Singh Sandhu (Bliss)
The Barcelona man has been pretty straightforward in his recent interview with Spanish news outlet, MARCA. Ivan Rakitic who is currently on his national duty with Croatia for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, will be facing his club teammate Leonel Messi, whom he regards as the best player in the world.
Croatia and Argentina are in Group D which means they will be facing each other in the first stage of the tournament. As Leonel Messi will be captaining Argentina against Croatia, the Barcelona teammates will be against each other and Rakitic believes there is no to stop the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner.
“There’s no one in football that has found the formula to stop him. Not [Croatia coach] Dalic, not me… no one. What you have to do is enjoy him.
Though Rakitic believes that the competition is a big stage for every side participating and they will give their all for the crucial victory.
We admit that it’s really special to compete with Leo, but he also knows that we’re all excited to play against him. It’s not that it’s something nice, but this is the top-level, it’s a World Cup, the best teams are here and you compete against them. It’s a special motivation to be enjoyed.”
On being asked about the favorites to top the group and advance for the round of 16, Rakitic had no doubt that the South American side led by his club teammate is most likely to do so.
“All eyes are on Messi, they’re the favorite [in the group]. Leo deserved [to win a World Cup] but football is not tennis. You can’t put pressure on him. He deserves it, but there are 32 national teams with the same dream.”
Rakitic also addressed the ongoing tensions in his rival club Real Madrid where the head coach Zinedine Zidane has resigned and rumors are linking their all-time greatest goalscorer, Cristiano Ronaldo to an exit in the summer transfer window.
“I find it difficult to imagine that he will leave.
However, football moves quickly and many things happen. He’s the player that makes the difference at Real Madrid.
And, if he goes, I would be glad, I’m not going to lie. As a colleague, though, I hope he makes the best decision. As with Zinedine Zidane, I wish him the best. And if he goes, well, better [for Barcelona].”
Though the club matters aren’t that important to the players at the moment due to the FIFA World Cup.
Rakitic will now kick off his World Cup campaign against Senegal on 16th June 2018 at 9:00 PM CET.
His Croatian side will Messi’s Argentina on the third matchday of the group on 21st June 2018 at 8:00 PM CET.
The FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia will be commenced on 14th June 2018 at 4:00 PM CET.