Rakitic’s hope for the European Championships: “Seeing Modric lift the trophy would be special”

Ivan Rakiticformer midfielder of Barcelona and the Croatian national team currently atAl-Shabab, said goodbye to European football in January to land in the Saudi Pro League. In an interview with the Spanish newspaper ASthe player who retired from Croatia after the 2018 World Cup, took the floor to comment on the path his former teammates will face.

“It would be nice to start and end with Spain-Croatia. You have already won the Nations League, so now it would be our turn to win (the European Championship)”, said the midfielder, who admits that he will still wear the shirt of Jesus Navas to watch Spain’s matches, “except against Croatia”. However, if there is a dream that the former Sevilla player would like to see come true, it is to witness with his own eyes the triumph of his former national team, his country and his captain Luka Modricwhich would be “special”.

Croatia to be respected. “We are a country of just over four million inhabitants and it seems like a lie to talk about our entire history, especially on the occasion of the World Cup. It seems like an invented story, but it isn’t. That’s why it would be special to see Modric lift the trophy (of champion of Euro 2024, ed)”, said Rakitic. First of all, however, Croatia will have to overcome group B with Italy, Spain and Albania, after which the direct elimination round will come to advance to the final. If it’s possible.