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Ivan Rakitic has expressed on the six seasons he spent playing alongside Lionel Messi

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20 May 2021
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In an interview, the 33-year-old spoke about the pair’s time together and his desire for Messi’s future.

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Playing alongside Messi seems like a video game

Ivan Rakitic has expressed on the six seasons he spent playing alongside Lionel Messi at Barcelona, ​​saying that the consistency and ability of his former teammate were like something from a video game. Rakitic joined Barcelona in 2014 before leaving Camp Nou to return to Sevilla ahead of the current season. In an interview, the 33-year-old spoke about the pair’s time together and his desire for Messi’s future. “A player always wants to compete with the best players and enjoy them, and when it’s the best of them all, it’s even better,” Rakitic said of Messi. “It’s been an incredible six years, and you learn a lot of things. I look at Leo, who has gone through nine seasons in a row scoring at least 30 goals, and it seems like a video game.

Rakiric is proud of having spent so many years with Leo

“If you do it on the Playstation, you will be told that you get in the way of people and know all the tricks. You have to enjoy it every day. I am proud to have spent so many years with him, fought for so many titles and won so many titles with him. Sincerely, if I could help him, even a little, that would be special. It was extraordinary to share the dressing room with so many great players at Barcelona.” Speculation about Messi’s next move was widespread as the 33-year-old player enters the last weeks of his contract with Barcelona. Messi has kept his plans for the future, although he was linked to reuniting with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City or a big-money switch to PSG.

Rakitic hopes that Messi will choose to stay where he has been since the start of his professional career. “I don’t know what he will decide, and I hope he stays,” Rakitic said. “Not only at Barcelona, ​​but here in Spain, in La Liga. I believe that as fans, it is best for us that he remains at Barca. As a friend and former teammate, I wish all the best for him and his family and that he decides what he believes is best for him.”

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