Sevilla might have been eliminated by Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final, but Ivan Rakitic holds no grudges, in fact he has revealed an occasion when he joked with Lionel Messi about the trophy he will never win.
Throughout his career Messi has lifted numerous individual and team accoladed, including 10 LaLiga Santander titles, four Champions Leagues and six Ballon d’Or trophies.
“I was speaking to Messi and said, ‘You have won it all, have scored all these goals’, but I told him, I have won a trophy you’ll never have,” Rakitic told LaLiga TV.
“You’ll never win the Europa League!”
Looking back on his time with Barcelona, Rakitic was full of praise for his teammates, who helped him win 13 trophies which included four LaLiga Santander titles, four Copa del Reys and a Champions League.
“Those guys weren’t given anything,” Rakitic continued. “They earned their success. It’s no coincidence those guys have won it all.
“Every player had a part to play. Each of them did things their own way, but it’s always to win. We said in Berlin ahead of the Champions League final, ‘With everyone together, no one will beat us’.”