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Rakitic Explains Why Playing With Messi Is Difficult

Ivan Rakitic Explains Why Playing With Lionel Messi Is Difficult

By Kurt Buckerfield - Sep 23, 2017 11:01 AM @KurtLaduma

FC Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic has explained why playing alongside superstar Lionel Messi is tough.

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The Croatian has been playing with the Argentine since 2011, the year he made his move from Sevilla to the Catalan giants.

Despite Messi’s reputation as one of the best players in the world, Rakitic has admitted that playing with the 30-year-old has its difficulties.

"You have to do a lot of things for him," Rakitic told the BBC.

"He is the best player in the world. Maybe also in the history.

"You have to know he is different.

"It is easy to watch at home and say 'Yeah I can play' but when you are here, it's a little bit different."

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Rakitic has played eight matches this season for Barca, scoring one goal and assisted a further two strikes.

Which professional football would you love to play with? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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mtozami Joined: 18 Jan 2012
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mtozami Sep 23, 2017 03:54 PM
The Croatian has been playing with the Argentine since 2011??????
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Die Wolf Sep 23, 2017 02:25 PM
Ya you have to do many things for him to shine
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Myaka weliPhefeni Sep 23, 2017 01:42 PM
Maybe is true bcz once he lost a ball he didnt cum back to cover his mistake maybe is a part of what Rakitic is talking abt
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#eddie Sep 23, 2017 12:42 PM
The whole of barca's squad.....or the gunners squad....
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njinjie8 Sep 23, 2017 12:35 PM
Rakatic signed for Barcelona in 2014, not 2011. Know your facts Mr Editor.
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Pronhlanhla Sep 23, 2017 11:48 AM
Hahaha editor I would like to play with you hopefully take your job...
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Sir A one Sep 23, 2017 11:44 AM
Iniesta, modric, kroos, Santi Carzola, the treble oupa manyisa and Teko modise ......
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LeCowhlohlo Sep 23, 2017 11:32 AM
I would like to play with him and iniesta.
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Golden Boots Sep 23, 2017 11:23 AM
You have to be on top of your game!

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