Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic admits he is keen to play with Cristiano Ronaldo as former rival is ‘one of the greatest players in history’… but he then declares Lionel Messi is even better!
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic wants to play with Cristiano Ronaldo, despite their former rivalry in Spain.
The Croatian was a target for Juventus in the January transfer window and appears to be close to leaving the club he joined back in 2014.
And he admits the prospect of playing alongside Real Madrid legend Ronaldo is a very attractive one.
Ivan Rakitic was linked with a move to Juventus during the January transfer window
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 watching him play and he’s doing well at Juventus.’
Though he is keen to link-up with the five-time Ballon d’Or, he concedes that team-mate Lionel Messi is the best player in world football.
Barcelona star admits he would be keen to link up with former rival Cristiano Ronaldo
But Rakitic insists that team-mate Lionel Messi remains the best player in world football
‘It’s amazing to play with him – he’s special. There have been great players in every era, but I’m sure he’s been the best in the last 15 years,’ Rakitic said.
‘In my opinion, I think he’s the best of all time. Being with him for six years has been incredible.’
The 31-year-old has made 294 appearances for Barca since moving from Sevilla six years ago, winning four La Liga titles and the Champions League in 2015.