Welcome back to TalkBarca. IVAN RAKITIC HAS OFFICIALLY LEFT FOR SEVILLA and this is what we are going to talk about today. It is official that Rakitic is no longer an FC Barcelona player. We knew that this transfer was going to happen and the news is official now. Rakitic is not going to serve FC Barcelona from now on. He has resigned with Sevilla and he is going to feature against us in the upcoming season. However, he is and is always going to remain an FC Barcelona legend. This is why I wanted to write this special article.
This article is going to highlight the good times Rakitic spent with us and is also a thank you note from our side in order to appreciate whatever he has done for the club. Rakitic spent 6 seasons at FC Barcelona as a starter and he has seen it all over here. He was there at the club when Barcelona was winning a lot of trophies and he was there for us when we had the previous trophy-less season. However, it takes a lot of hard work and consistency to keep yourself established in a bigger club like FC Barcelona.
We see many players joining such bigger clubs every season. However, not every player makes it to the starting squad. Some players even leave after one season because the demand to play in these teams is very high. However, Rakitic proved his quality and has registered himself as one of the finest midfielders of all time. Barcelona is a club that has a history of midfielders. Midfield is indeed the most important playing position in the Barcelona philosophy. Therefore, we can understand what it took for Rakitic to cement his name in the starting lineup for all these years.
RAKITIC LEAVING FOR SEVILLA
Rakitic is a pretty old customer in the world of football. A youngster from Shalke who moved to La Liga to play for Sevilla. The same boy made a name for him in Spain and moved onto one of the best clubs in the world. This is a very brief review of Rakitic’s career. He captained Sevilla as well and he also won the Europa League trophy with that team. He came to Barcelona labeled as the successor of Xavi. It did not take him a lot of time to understand Luis Enrique’s system of playing football.
Rakitic became the pivot in Barcelona’s midfield and was known to link up the play between full-backs and Messi. His first season in Barcelona which was the 2014 season went trophyless. However, he was able to create the impact he promised. Rakitic soon gained a lot of popularity and it was all deserving. He did not play a typical Barcelona midfielder game. Rather, he kept on expressing himself and stuck to his natural style of playing football. Critics are considered as one of the best technical players in the world. Everyone appreciated his unique way of passing and creating chances.
Rakitic had the right foot which shot bullets and his long-range efforts stunned everyone. It was probably his best time in the FC Barcelona shirt. 2014 and 2015 were the golden days for Ivan Rakitic. However, he continued to play good football and that is the reason that he kept starting out for FC Barcelona. Raki’s opening goal against Juventus in the Champions League final is still memorable. It is also not the only memorable goal that Rakitic scored during his time at the Camp Nou. Barcelona ended the 2015-16 season as Champions and Rakitic were one of their main players.
2016 was another massive year for the Croatian midfielder. He played almost every game of the season and the entire Barcelona unit valued him a lot. However, it also meant that his efficiency was decreasing with passing time because this is a kind of involvement that comes with huge fatigue. Barcelona won the major Classico in the 2016-17 seasons, and Ivan was there on the score sheet as well. It was another one of his brilliant long-range efforts which gave Barcelona the vital goal. However, later on in that season Rakitic began to show signs of tiredness and demanded rest.
A lot of clubs came offering big bucks for the Croatian midfielder. However, Barcelona showed no interest in their offers and Rakitic continued to play for FC Barcelona. The managerial issue still existed that Rakitic was literally playing every minute of every game and this was gradually getting to him. I believe that there were many games where he could have rested. However, the manager did not think so. He also participated in the World Cup after the same season. Rakitic played a lot during the World Cup as well and he performed brilliantly. He took his team to Finals.
Many clubs came demanding for Rakitic again after the World Cup. These clubs also included Paris Saints who were ready to invest big bucks in the midfielder. However, Barcelona denied and kept the midfielder in the Camp Nou. Rumors also stated that Raki himself did not want to move to Paris and was happier in Spain. However, Barcelona should have focused on its financial issues and should have sold the player. It was better for the club as well as the player in the longer run. Unfortunately, it did not happen. Rakitic continued and Barcelona appointed their new manager, Ernesto Valverde.
RAKITIC UNDER ERNESTO VALVERDE
Raki did not enjoy a lot of success under Ernesto Valverde. He was gradually tiring out and was not as efficient anymore. His name was always there on the team sheet and he was still one of the most important players in the squad. Barcelona got humiliated twice in the CL under Valverde. However, it did not change the fact that Rakitic was still doing wonders in the midfield. He scored another great goal against arch-rivals, Real Madrid. He chipped Courtois. This was not only one of his best career goals, but also won Barca the 2019 league title.
Rakitic did not have a great season. He also got a lot of hatred from the critics who labeled this season as his worst. However, he spent a lot of time on the bench and could have performed better if he had more minutes. However, Rakitic showed huge improvement after he came from the corona break. He became a regular part of the playing squad again. Furthermore, Rakitic helped Barcelona win against Athletic Bilbao by scoring the only goal from that game. He certainly created a big impact and he is now leaving the club with a lot of dignity.
This is it from the article guys. I hope this article explained properly about Rakitic’s journey with us. He is indeed a special player. I am a big fan of his and you must know this if you are a regular reader to my articles. I hope Rakitic has success at Sevilla and he ends his career with respect and dignity, and I know that he is not going to come and read this, but I want to thank him from the bottom of my heart for whatever he did at the club.
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THANKYOU, IVAN RAKITIC.
Until the next time guys, VISCA EL BARCA!