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Ivan Rakitic has classy message for Lionel Messi

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The Croatian says it was a dream to play at Barcelona

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Ivan Rakitic has been talking about Lionel Messi and made it clear just how much it meant to him to play alongside the Argentine at Barcelona.

The midfielder spent six years as Messi’s team-mate, winning a host of trophies and making over 300 appearances for the Catalan giants.

Rakitic finally departed in the summer and headed back to Sevilla but has some words of thanks for his former team-mate.

“It doesn’t matter who you are, you just have to watch and enjoy this guy. He’s on another level. With all respect to the other greats, there’s only one number one – it’s Leo. To play 311 games next to him, it was a dream. I enjoyed it so, so much. I just want to say this: ‘Thank you for everything, Leo, because you’ll never know how much it meant to me to play next to you.’

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The Croatia international also spoke about how he was “in awe” when he first joined Barca in 2014 and added that he “will feel part of this big family for the rest of my life.”