Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic scored his first goal of the season to give his side a 1-0 win at home to Athletic Bilbao on Thursday, averting a second successive draw which would have further dented the champions’ La Liga title defence.
Rakitic arrived to the Catalans in 2014 summer from Sevilla and he was accompanied by many newcomers including, Luis Suarez and Marc Andre ter Stegen.
Rakitic celebrated on Saturday night Barcelona’s league title at Camp Nou after the team defeated Levante 1-0 thanks to a goal from Lionel Messi.
Croatia will have more than enough energy to take on France in the World Cup final on Sunday despite being taken to extra time in all three of their World Cup knockout matches, midfielder Ivan Rakitic said.
The midfielder, born in Switzerland to a Croatian family, led his national team to the World Cup final for the first time in history.
FC Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic said on Friday after the defeat of his team against Peru 2-0 that they are not yet in shape for the World Cup in Russia.
Rakitic was questioned about his former teammate and current Paris St. Germain player, Neymar.
Barcelona had a successful season under their new manager Ernesto Valverde, leading the Spanish League table with nine points.
Croatia qualified to the World Cup for the fifth time after declaring independence from Yugoslavia.
Messi impresses football fans every game with his magic on the pitch, but for the player who shares the field with him it is a pleasure and joy.