Opinion: Rakitic earned a contract extension at Barcelona

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 02: Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 02, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Time to talk about the invaluable contribution that Ivan Rakitic made during the last two El Clasico matches, he earned his contract extension at Barcelona.

After two consecutive El Clasico victories for FC Barcelona against Real Madrid, Ivan Rakitic comes out of these games as one of the most reinforced players of the squad and he keeps proving manager Ernesto Valverde right with his desire to get him a contract extension.

Despite his already advanced age, the Croatian midfielder is proving that he still has a lot of football on his feet and he can still run for miles without breaking a sweat.

But not only that, Ivan Rakitic really has become one of the most standout players of the club this season and he has proved that he has what it takes to remain at the club despite FC Barcelona’s efforts to bring other players.

Frenkie de Jong’s transfer seems to have motivated the midfielder to a point that he may be giving us the best version of himself, the goal he scored this Saturday is only proof that we may have Ivan Rakitic for many more seasons at FC Barcelona and he will give us the best version of himself in every single match.

If the Catalan club still hadn’t decided on a contract extension for the Croatian player, now would be a perfect time to consider it.

Just look at the goal he scored, that should be more than enough to give the man what he requests.

Even major football personalities have spoken about Ivan Rakitic’s contributions to football, Jose Mourinho is the most recent example of how this midfielder is liked by absolutely everybody due to his level of commitment and performances.

“It was not a performance of a happy team. Not a performance of a team with great belief or self-esteem,” said Mourinho about the match.

“They couldn’t bring to the game what I used to call the temperature of the big matches… I cannot speak of a bad performance it was just a soft performance.”

“I’ve wanted to say this for a long, long time, for me Rakitic is one of the most underrated players in the world,” Mourinho added on beIN SPORTS.

“He’s a fantastic player at every level. He does the defensive work on the right side to compensate for [Lionel] Messi. He runs miles.”

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“In ball possession he’s fantastic, he’s simple, he’s effective. He’s one of the most underrated players. So I want to finish by saying that because normally we speak about the big names and for me Rakitic [is at that level].”

“But he needs to improve his Instagram and social media because at this moment this is very important – this is very important – and he’s not very good on that but he’s very good on the pitch!” concluded Mourinho in what also appeared to be a slight dig at Paul Pogba.

The upcoming challenges that lie ahead for Barcelona and Ivan Rakitic are monumental, the Catalan club will attempt to keep winning in the Champions League in order to win another trophy and possibly get the third treble in their history.

This is the exact moment of the season in which the Catalan club needs players like Ivan Rakitic to be at the top of their game, the Croatian midfielder is a very welcome addition to a roster of players who are currently playing their best football in the most ideal time.

We can’t forget that apart from Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic was the other midfield pilar that the Croatian National Team had during the last World Cup.

We are talking about a massively underrated player who has constantly been underappreciated throughout his career, but Rakitic can easily be considered one of the best midfielders in the world right now, and certainly this season.

Ivan’s contribution against Olympique Lyonnais two weeks from now will be crucial for the Catalan club, he can be the important player who decides the title for his squad and fulfills another Treble dream.

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