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Ivan Rakitic biography

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Ivan Rakitic is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a central or attacking midfielder for La Liga club Sevilla. In the following article, we take a look at his biography.

Ivan Rakitic

is a Croatian professional footballer. He was born in Switzerland and started his football by playing for Switzerland at the youth level but as his parents are originally from Croatia, he decided to represent Croatia at the senior level. Ivan Rakitic has also been playing in different clubs since he has started his professional career and now he plays as a central or attacking midfielder for La Liga club Sevilla. Ivan Rakitic has obtained several honors and trophies both at the club's level and national's level. At the time of his retirement in 2020, he was the fourth-most capped player in the history of Croatia.

let's move forward to have an in-depth look at the personal and professional life of Ivan Rakitic.

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All You Need to Know About Ivan Rakitic Bio

The Croatian midfielder started his senior career with FC Basel of Switzerland in 2005. He switched to Germany in 2007 to play for Shalke 04 and in 2011 moved to Spanish club Sevilla. In this article, we have provided you with a detailed biography of this footballer. Stay tuned to know more about

Ivan Rakitic life story

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Ivan Rakitic information

In the following part of Ivan Rakitic Biography, you can find some general information about him listed down here. 

Ivan Rakitic Bio

  • Full Name

    : Ivan Rakitić 

  • Nickname

    : Rakete

  •  Profession

    : Professional Football Player

Ivan Rakitic Physical Stats

  • Weight

    : 76 Kg

  • Height

    : 1.84 m

  • Eye Color

    : Green 

  • Hair Color

    : Blond

Ivan Rakitic Football Information

  • Position

    : Central / Attacking midfielder

  • Jersey Number:

    4

  • Professional Debut

    : 2005

Ivan Rakitic Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth

    : 10 March 1988 (age 32)

  • Birth Place

    : Rheinfelden, Switzerland

  • Zodiac Sign

    : Pisces

  • Ivan Rakitic Religion

    : Roman Catholic

 

Ivan Rakitic Nationality

: Swiss, Croatian

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Ivan Rakitic Early Life

In this section of our article on Ivan Rakitic Biography, we will have a glance at

 Ivan Rakitic childhood

and early life. Rakitic was born on10 March 1988 in the Swiss to Luka, his father, and Kata, his mother. His parents were Croat. He has a brother, Dejan. Rakitic spent his childhood in Switzerland and grew up in Möhlin, canton of Aargau. His father and older brother were also footballers.

He started football from a very early age and when he was 16, his potential was noticed by top European scouts. But his family preferred him to stay in Basel and play in a smaller league instead. In 1992 he joined Mohlin- Reburg and stayed there till 1995. Then he moved to the FC Basel youth team where he played for the next 10 years.

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Ivan Rakitic Profile

In this division of Francesco Ivan Rakitic, we will review his professional career from his early days. As mentioned earlier he played for the FC Basel youth team from1995 till 2005. on 29 September 2005, Rakitic went on to make his first-team debut for Basel. Although he played only two matches during his first professional season with Basel, he could score 11 goals in his 34 appearances and he established himself as a regular contributor in his second season. Rakitic also received the Swiss Goal of the Year award for the goal he scored against St. Gallen. 

In 2007 he was signed by German side Schalke 04 on 22 June 2007, for €5 million. He stayed there till 2011 where he could establish himself more and totally scored 12 goals in his 97 appearances.

In 2011 Rakitic signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with Spanish La Liga club Sevilla. He played four seasons in Sevilla and he had a very impressive role there. He was the first player to captain a team to victory in the UEFA Europa League Final and also pick up the official man of the match award. At the season's LFP Awards, Rakitić won the Fair Play Award and was nominated for Best Midfielder. In total, he had 27 appearances in which he could score 27 goals. 

On 16 June 2014,

Barcelona

signed Rakitić on a five-year contract. In 2015, he was announced Croatian Footballer of the Year and in 2018, Rakitic was later named the Goal of the Group Stage by fans.

On 13 June 2020, in Barcelona's first game after the COVID-19 pandemic, Rakitić celebrated his 300th official game in Barcelona's jersey. At the time of his departure from the club, with a total of 200 appearances and 25 goals, Rakitić had more appearances for the club than any other European non-Spanish player in its history.On 1 September 2020, Rakitic signed for Sevilla on a four-year contract, returning to the club after six years for a nominal €1.5m fee. 

At the international level, after starring in Switzerland under-16, under 17, under-19, and under-21 as well as Croatia under 21 sides, his first appearance for Croatia's senior team came in 2007. Rakitic participated in Euro 2008, Euro 2012, 2014 World Cup, Euro 2016 and 2018 World Cup, and 2018–19 Nations League. he had made 106 appearances and scored fifteen goals, making him the fourth most-capped player (after Darijo Srna, Luka Modrić, and Stipe Pletikosa) and ninth joint-top goalscorer in the history of the national team.

Finally and unexpectedly On 21 September 2020, the Croatian Football Federation announced that Rakitić retired from international duty. Stay tuned to read more about Francesco Ivan Rakitic and get to know him better.

Style of Play

Ivan Rakitic is a great effective player. He is acknowledged as an intelligent, hard-working, and talented midfielder. Although Rakitic mostly plays as a midfielder, he is also capable of both breaking down opposing plays and subsequently transitioning the ball forward to start attacks; he is also capable of scoring goals himself. Rakitic is known as a player with defensive skills and good stamina, as well as close control, excellent technique, vision, passing, and an ability to read the game. Rakitic is capable of playing in several midfield positions and has been deployed as a winger on either side of the pitch, as a central midfielder, as an attacking midfielder, as a defensive midfielder, in a box-to-box role, or even as a deep-lying playmaker. 

Reception

Ivan Rakitic is an intelligent, creative, hard-working footballer who is known as a well-rounded playmaker in the media. He scored the first goal of the 2015 Champions League Final and became the first player ever to win the Champions League a year after winning the Europa League while playing for two clubs. He made his debut for Croatia in 2007 and represented the country at the UEFA Euro 2008, 2012, and 2016, and the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup in which he reached the final. He retired from international duty in September 2020, having made 106 appearances. At the time of his retirement, he was the fourth-most capped player in the history of Croatia.

In 2019, in an interview with BeIN Sports, manager José Mourinho described Rakitić as "one of the most underrated players in the world." He later added: "He is fantastic on all levels; he defends, he compensates for Lionel Messi, he runs and he's sensible with the ball at his feet.

Goal Celebration

The Croatian midfielder doesn't have any special goal celebration. But whenever he scores a goal, he expresses his cheer in a way. Once during his appearance in Barcelona, he celebrated Barcelona's fifth goal in the 6-1 rout of Celta Virgo by turning his shirt around so that his name and No. 4 were on his chest.

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Ivan Rakitic outside football

Ivan Rakitic is a popular high-paid footballer who is mainly concentrated on his Profession. With a salary of about $9 million, it seems that he doesn’t need to establish any new business. Still, it should be mentioned that he has been featured in some commercials, one of which was related to an Audi commercial in which 5 Barca players, Ivan Rakitic, Gerard Piqué, Paulinho, Philippe Coutinho, and Marc-André ter Stegen appeared in the German car company's latest advert.

Ivan Rakitic has been featured as an actor in some movies including Beko: Eat Like A Pro (2019), Vise od rijeci (2018), and Matchday: Inside FC Barcelona (2019).

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Ivan Rakitic Personel life

Next on our article of Ivan Rakitic biography, we are going to take a look at his personal life. Rakitic was born on the 10th day of March 1988 in Switzerland. He was born to his mother Kata Rakitic and his father, Luka Rakitic. His parents are Croatian by origin. They moved to Switzerland before his birth due to tensions in Yogoslavia. So, Ivan’s older brother and him were born and raised in Switzerland. His father and his older brother, Dejan were also a footballer. Therefore, he showed a strong interest in football since he was a small child with his family’s encouragement. 

But it should be mentioned that despite the help of his parents, he made his important decisions independently.

Family, Children, and Relationships

Ivan Rakitic is married to Raquel Mauri in April 2013 in Seville after two years of dating. They first met each other the day Ivan signed for

Sevilla

in the summer of 2011, at a hotel bar. However, he had a very difficult time convincing Raquel that he was worth it, as he had asked her out more than 20 times. She was afraid to begin any sort of relationship with him due to his profession, as she believed that he might leave Spain in a couple of years. However, after their first date, they started to see each other regularly, and in 2013, Ivan Rakitic and Raquel Mauri got married in a big wedding ceremony. Raquel Mauri works as a model and an influencer as she posted several photos of her in the clothes of the brand 11 degrees. Mauri is quite popular on Instagram as she has more than 712,000 followers.

The couple has two daughters, Althea (born in July 2013) and Adara (born in May 2016).

Philanthropy

Like most popular footballers, Ivan Rakitic also has some contributions to charity foundations. Once in 2016, a video was released in which some star-football players from FC Barcelona and the Spanish National 5-a-side blind football team celebrated the importance of inclusive play for children and the beginning of the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The five players from FC Barcelona featured in the video were: Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Masip, Lionel Messi, and Sergi Roberto. Also, in 2017 a promotional video of the Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) was released which featured a number of famous Croatian athletes, artists, and celebrities, who took part in the filming without financial compensation and Donated Their Fee to Charities. Ivan Rakitic was one of the footballers who took part in the filming of the video.  

Legal Issues

As Rakitić was born and raised in Switzerland, he also possesses Swiss citizenship, along with Croatian citizenship ., he represented Switzerland at the Under-17, Under-19, and Under-21 teams. In 2007, when he was 19, various people in Switzerland were outraged at his decision to represent Croatia in senior international football. Before the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Rakitić said in an interview that he was proud to play for Switzerland at the youth level, as he grew up in Switzerland and that he knew where he came from. Rakitić also remarked in the same interview that he was in favor of representing Croatia in senior international football and was not against Switzerland, and initially called and informed the then-Swiss coach of his decision to select Croatia, before contacting the then-Croatia boss. 

He faced another problem once after Croatia lost to Portugal in the pre-quarterfinals of the European Championship in France. The next day Six young Croatian supporters began throwing stones at Rakitic's villa in Ugljan, smashing its windows before they broke down the front door. Rakitic and his family managed to escape but it makes for concerning reading but he was forced to flee his family holiday home. 

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Ivan Rakitic Career Statistics

Following

Ivan Rakitic biography

, in this part, we would have a rundown of his Career Statistics. 

Clubs

As mentioned before, Ivan Rakitic spent about 13 years since 1992 till 2005 as his youth career playing in Mohlin- Reburg and FC Basel. He started his senior career in 2005 when he made his first-team debut for Basel. Rakitic spent 2 years in Basel then he was signed by the German side Schalke 04. On 5 August 2007, Rakitić scored his first competitive goal for his new club in their 0–9 away win over Eintracht Trier in the first round of the DFB-Pokal. Once he had an ankle injury in training and he was kept out of action for a month as Schalke was eliminated from the tournament without him.

He totally scored 12 goals in his 97 appearances in Schalke 04. In January 2011, Rakitić signed a contract with Spanish La Liga club Sevilla. In Sevilla, He showed his talent and strength immediately and scored five goals in his first half-season with Sevilla in 2010–11. He was playing as a central midfielder and later a defensive midfielder. Rakitić finished the next season in a condition that statistics showed that he created 100 chances in total, a sum ranking fourth across all players in Europe. In the 2013–14 season, his great performances continued which earned him a La Liga Player of the Month award. He finished that season scoring 15 goals, and recording 17 assists. 

In June 2014, Barcelona signed Rakitić on a five-year contract. Rakitić's first goal for Barcelona was against Levante on 21 September 2014 and he scored the first Champions League goal of his career in 2015. The next four seasons continued for Rakitić with more successes. But in the 2019-2020 season following the arrival of Frenkie de Jong, his role in the team decreased. On 13 June 2020, Rakitić celebrated his 300th official game in Barcelona's jersey, and finally, Barcelona’s new coach informed Rakitić that he was not part of his plans for the upcoming season. 

On 1 September 2020, Rakitić signed for Sevilla on a four-year contract, returning to the club after six years, and On 24 September, he played his first game for Sevilla after coming back, against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Super Cup in Budapest.

International

Ivan Rakitic came into international youth level for the first time while he was still in with the Switzerland under-17, under-19, and under-21 national teams, then he joined Croatia national team and made his full international debut for Croatia on 8 September 2007 in their UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier against Estonia in Zagreb. 

He was selected to be part of the Croatian squad in Euro 2012 in which after two matches played, Croatia crashed out by Spain. In the 2014 World Cup, Rakitic was again with the team, in which Croatia played the opening match against Brazil and they lost 3–1, In the second match, they won against Cameroon and finally, they lost 1–3 against Mexico. In Euro 2016 Rakitić appeared in all of Croatia's matches and ended the tournament by scoring one goal. In the 2018 World Cup, Croatia won against Argentina, Denmark, and Russia. Croatian reached the final of the tournament but they were defeated 4–2 by France.

In 2018–19 Nations League Rakitić celebrated his 100th international cap. He got injured and Croatia lost 1–2 and finished at the bottom of the group.During Euro 2020 qualifying, Rakitić took part in only four out of eight games due to injuries and a complicated club situation. Finally and unexpectedly On 21 September 2020, the Croatian Football Federation announced that Rakitić retired from international duty. 

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Ivan Rakitic Honors

Ivan Rakitic entered the professional level of football in 2005 and till now, his prosperous career is highlighted by several trophy wins. Rakitic started with Basel with which he could win the Swiss Cup in 2006–07. In 2011 he joined Sevilla where he could win UEFA Europa League in 2013–14. With Barcelona he received La Liga in 2014–15, 2015–16, 2017–18 and 2018–19, Copa del Rey in 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17 and 2017–18, Supercopa de España in 2016, 2018, UEFA Champions League in 2014–15, UEFA Super Cup in 2015, FIFA Club World Cup in 2015. Ivan Rakitic joined Croatia national team in 2007 and he could win the FIFA World Cup runner-up in 2018. 

Being one of the most popular soccer players in his country and the world, Ivan Rakitic won so many individual trophies including Swiss Super League Young Player of the Year in 2006–07, Swiss Super League Goal of the Season in 2006–07, BBVA Fair Play award in 2013–14, La Liga Player of the Month in January 2014, UEFA Europa League Final Man of the Match in 2014, La Liga Team of the Season in 2013–14, 2014–15, UEFA La Liga Team of The Season in 2018-19, UEFA Europa League Team of the Season in 2013–14, UEFA Champions League Team of the Season in 2014–15, Croatian Footballer of the Year in 2015, Croatian Sportsman of the Year in 2015, FIFA FIFPro World11 3rd team in 2018, FIFA FIFPro World11 4th team in 2016, FIFA FIFPro World11 5th team in 2015 and FIFA FIFPro World 11 nominee in 2019 (10th midfielder). 

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