Ivan Rakitic Bids Farewell to Sevilla for Saudi Club Al-Shabab

January 31, 2024 7:08 am

Ivan Rakitic has officially ended his second stint at Sevilla, paving the way for a new chapter in his career with Saudi Arabia’s Al-Shabab. Sevilla confirmed this development in a statement on Tuesday, marking the end of an era for both the player and the club.

Rakitic, who has been a pivotal figure in Sevilla’s midfield, first joined the Spanish side in 2011 from Bundesliga’s Schalke 04. After an impactful three-year spell, he moved to Barcelona in 2014, where he enjoyed a highly successful six-year tenure. In September 2020, Rakitic made a return to Sevilla, rekindling his relationship with the club. Follow your favourite La Liga team with attractive La Liga odds from Nextbet. 

During his time at Sevilla, Rakitic etched his name in the club’s history books. He was instrumental in helping Sevilla clinch a record-extending seventh Europa League title last year, adding to his first triumph with the club in the 2013-14 season. 

His leadership and experience on the field earned him the role of vice-captain, and he set a record as the foreign player with the most official matches in Sevilla’s history, boasting an impressive 323 appearances.

Rakitic’s accolades extend beyond his time in Spain. His tenure at Barcelona was marked by significant successes, including winning the Champions League in the 2014-15 season, along with a Super Cup and a Club World Cup. Furthermore, he was a four-time La Liga champion, four-time Spanish Cup winner, and secured two Spanish Super Cups.

Beyond club football, Rakitic’s international career with Croatia was equally illustrious. He earned over 100 caps between 2007 and 2019 and played a vital role in leading Croatia to a runner-up finish at the 2018 World Cup, a monumental achievement for the nation.

At 35, Rakitic’s move to Al-Shabab signifies a new challenge in his extensive career. His departure from Sevilla is not just the end of a significant chapter in his club career but also a moment of transition for Sevilla, as they bid farewell to a player who has left an indelible mark on the club’s history. Get the latest updates from the La Liga only on Nextbet Sports