Ivan Rakitić has revealed a private joke he shared with Lionel Messi when the two were teammates at FC Barcelona.
“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… You’ll never win the Europa League.’” Rakitić said humorously in an interview set to air on La Liga TV.
The Croatian captained Sevilla in a penalty shootout win over Benfica in 2014 to capture UEFA’s second-biggest continental trophy.
Both share the distinction of having been FIFA World Cup runners-up as well.
The only team trophy Rakitić has that Messi does not, apart from the Europa League, is the Swiss Cup. It’s unlikely the Argentine star would ever play in that competition.
Sevilla face off against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey shortly, with the Croatian’s team leading 2-0 from the first leg.
Barcelona got revenge in La Liga last weekend, with Messi and Ousmane Dembélé on target as the Catalans cruised to a 2-0 win and the three points.
“We have to change details like for the first goal. They robbed us and Leo got the ball, turned and could give the pass. You can’t allow Barça that. We did not suffer that much, you can’t allow them the bare minimum,” Rakitić told the media, reflecting on the recent loss.