“He is one of the greatest players in history”: Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic admits that he likes to play with former Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo … but declares teammate Lionel Messi the best in the world
- Ivan Rakitic was linked in January to a move from Barcelona to Juventus
- Transfer would have him in line with former Clasico rival Cristiano Ronaldo
- However, he insists that teammate Lionel Messi is the best player in the world
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic wants to play with Cristiano Ronaldo, despite their former rivalry in El Clasico.
The Croatian was a target for Juventus in the transfer window in January and almost seems to be leaving the club he joined in 2014.
And he admits that the prospect of playing alongside Ronaldo is very attractive.
Ivan Rakitic was linked in connection with a move to Juventus during the transfer window in January
He told Bleacher report: ‘Of course I would [want to play with him]. He is also one of the greatest players in history.
“You enjoy seeing him play and he is doing well at Juventus.”
Although he likes to join the five-fold Ballon d’Or, he admits that teammate Lionel Messi is the best player in world football.
Barcelona star admits that he would like to join former rival Cristiano Ronaldo
But Rakitic insists that teammate Lionel Messi remains the best player in world football
“It’s great to play with him – he’s special. There have been great players in every age, but I am sure he has been the best in the last 15 years, “Rakitic said.
“I think he’s the best of all time. Six years with him has been incredible. “
The 31-year-old has had 294 appearances for Barca since he moved from Seville six years ago and in 2015 won four La Liga titles and the Champions League.