|Ivan Rakitic Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 0½ in|
|Date of Birth||March 10, 1988|
Ivan Rakitic is a Croatian professional footballer who is best known for his career as a central or attacking midfielder for La Liga club Sevilla. He has also been a part of teams like FC Basel, Schalke 04, and Barcelona in the past. During the course of his career, Ivan has won numerous tournaments such as UEFA Europa League, Swiss Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Copa del Rey, and has been the recipient of honors like Swiss Super League‘s “Young Player of the Year”, Swiss Super League‘s “Goal of the Season”, and “Croatian Footballer of the Year”.
Mohlin, Aargau, Switzerland
Ivan finished primary school in Basel, Switzerland.
Professional Football Player
- Father – Luka Rakitic (Former Footballer)
- Siblings – Dejan Rakitic (Older Brother) (Former Footballer)
Rakitic is signed with SPORTFRONT GmbH.
Midfielder (Can play attacking midfielder)
6 ft 0½ in or 184 cm
172 lbs or 78 kg
Girlfriend / Spouse
Ivan Rakitic dated –
- Tatjana Batinic (2009) – Rakitic was romantically linked with the Croatian model Tatjana Batinic in 2009. He also got engaged to her.
- Raquel Mauri (2011–Present) – In 2011, Ivan started dating Raquel Mauri. After two years of being in a relationship, the couple got married in April 2013 in Seville, Spain. Ivan and Raquel have 2 daughters named Althea (born, July 2013) and Adara (b. May 2016).
Race / Ethnicity
- Blonde and wavy hair
- Playmaking skills
- Vision and creativity with the ball
Best Known For
Rakitic is best known for his football skills along with his vision on the football court. Despite his natural position as a midfielder, many times, he has shown that he is a great scorer too. Ivan will be definitely remembered for scoring the first goal of the 2015’s Champions League Final for FC Barcelona against Juventus. In the end, the Catalonian team celebrated the victory with a final score of 3-1.
First TV Show
Rakitic has appeared in the TV series 2008 UEFA European Football Championship as himself.
Ivan Rakitic Favorite Things
- Perfume – Black XS Paco Rabanne
- Meal – Catalan creme brulee, salmorejo
- Music – Rakitic listens to David Bisbal songs
Sources – Gloria.hr, Weloba.com
Ivan Rakitic Facts
- Ivan’s father Luka is from Sikirevci, a village and municipality in Brod-Posavina County, Croatia, while his mom is from Zepce, a town in central Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- He has a tattoo on his right arm supporting his brother Dejan with the word “Dejan.”
- At a young age, he played in Switzerland in FC Möhlin-Riburg (1992 – 1995) and FC Basel (1995 – 2005).
- He was very encouraged by his family to pursue a sports career.
- Ivan was noticed by European scouts at the age of 16, but his family decided that it would be best for him if he plays in a smaller league and grow as a player. At that time, he was playing for FC Basel.
- Rakitic has won the Swiss Cup with FC Basel in the 2006-2007 season.
- He played for FC Schalke 04 from 2007 to 2011. He was signed in June 22, 2007, for €5 million.
- Ivan had his debut in the Swiss Super League on April 15 back in 2006, when FC Basel played against Neuchatel Xamax.
- He debuted for Schalke 04 in a game against Karlsruher SC on July 21, 2007.
- Ivan first appeared in a game for the Croatian National Team on September 8 in 2007 in a qualifier match for Euro 2008 that Croatia played against Estonia.