Ivan Rakitić

Ivan Rakitić Biography

Posted by | Vishnu Das on | May 10, 2024

Date of Birth

10 / March / 1988


36 Years


Croatian Professional Footballer

Ivan Rakitić, known by his real name, is a Croatian professional footballer whose nickname is “Rakete.” He made his professional debut for FC Basel in 2005, wearing jersey number 4 as a midfielder.

Ivan Rakitić Height, Weight, Age, Family, Biography & More

Rakitić boasts significant career achievements, including captaining Sevilla to victory in the UEFA Europa League in 2013 and winning the treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey, and UEFA Champions League. His pivotal moment came when he led Sevilla to the UEFA Europa League title in 2013. Born on March 10, 1988, Rakitić has left an indelible mark on the footballing world with his leadership and remarkable performances on the pitch.

Early Life

Ivan Rakitić was born in Switzerland and spent his childhood there, although his family roots trace back to Croatia, specifically of Šokci origin. Despite being born in Switzerland, Rakitić represented Switzerland’s U-21 team from 2006 to 2007. However, he later chose to play for Croatia’s national team, beginning in 2009. Raised in a football-oriented family, with his father and brother also being footballers, Rakitić found strong support from his family to pursue his passion for the sport. He made his professional debut for Basel during the UEFA Cup in September 2005 and later moved to German club Schalke in June 2007.


Details about Ivan Rakitić’s schooling, college, and educational qualifications are not publicly known.


Ivan Rakitić was born on March 10, 1988, in Möhlin, Switzerland. Now he is 36 years old. Rakitić’s zodiac sign is Pisces. While he was born in Switzerland, he holds dual nationality, being both Swiss and Croatian.

Physical Stats

Ivan Rakitić stands tall at a height of 184 centimeters or 1.84 meters, which is approximately 6 feet and 1⁄2 inch in imperial measurements. He weighs about 76 kilograms or 167.5 pounds. His body measurements include a chest size of 38.5 inches, a waist size of 33.5 inches, and biceps measuring 14.5 inches. Rakitić’s striking green eyes complement his blonde hair.

Wife and Children

Ivan Rakitić is married to Raquel Mauri Rakitić. Together, they have two daughters named Adara Rakitić and Althea Rakitić.


Ivan Rakitić hails from a family that includes his father, Luka Rakitić, his mother, Kata Rakitić, his brother, Dejan Rakitić, and his sister, Nikol Rakitić. They follow the Roman Catholic faith and belong to the ethnic group of White Swiss.

Ivan Rakitić Family Picture

Ivan Rakitić Family Picture

Ivan Rakitić with his Wife Raquel Mauri

Ivan Rakitić with his Wife Raquel Mauri

Ivan Rakitić with his Daughter

Ivan Rakitić with his Daughter


Ivan Rakitić’s career is marked by notable achievements and transitions across top European clubs. Beginning with Basel in 2005, he swiftly gained attention, making his mark in the UEFA Cup. A move to German club Schalke in 2007 further solidified his talent before joining Sevilla in 2011, where he captained the team to UEFA Europa League victory in 2013.

His prowess caught the eye of Barcelona, where he embarked on a successful five-year stint, winning numerous titles including the UEFA Champions League. Rakitić’s contributions to both club and country earned him recognition, notably being named Croatia’s Player of the Year in 2015. Throughout his career, he has exhibited versatility, leadership, and a knack for delivering under pressure, making him a respected figure in the world of football.

Appearances and goals by national team and year

National team Year Goals Apps
Croatia 2007 1 5
2008 4 11
2009 2 8
2010 1 8
2011 0 6
2012 1 10
2013 0 11
2014 0 10
2015 1 6
2016 3 7
2017 0 6
2018 2 14
2019 0 4
Total 106 15

Honours Basel

  • Swiss Cup: 2006–07


  • UEFA Europa League: 2013–14, 2022–23


  • Copa del Rey: 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2015
  • La Liga: 2014–15, 2015–16, 2017–18, 2018–19
  • Supercopa de España: 2016, 2018
  • UEFA Champions League: 2014–15
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2015


  • FIFA World Cup runner-up: 2018


  • Croatian Footballer of the Year: 2015
  • Croatian Sportsman of the Year: 2015
  • FIFA FIFPro World11 3rd team: 2018
  • La Liga Fair Play award: 2013–14
  • La Liga Goal of the Month: November 2023
  • La Liga Player of the Month: January 2014
  • La Liga Team of the Season: 2013–14,[41] 2014–15
  • Swiss Super League Goal of the Season: 2006–075
  • UEFA Europa League Final Man of the Match: 2014
  • UEFA Europa League Team of the Season: 2013–14,[39] 2022–23
  • UEFA La Liga Team of The Season: 2018–19

Net Worth

Ivan Rakitić commands a salary of $9.02 million and has accumulated a net worth estimated at $30 million.

Some Lesser Known Facts About Ivan Rakitić

  • Does Rakitić smoke?: Yes
  • Rakitić was born in Switzerland and he spent his childhood in Switzerland but his family is from Croatia of Šokci origin. From 2006 to 2007 he represented Switzerland’s U-21 team but from 2009 he played for Croatia’s national team.
  • Rakitić met his wife Raquel Mauri the day he signed for Sevilla.
  • In June 2014, Rakitić moved to Spanish Club Barcelona at five year contract.
  • Rakitić moved to German Club Schalke in June 2007 for 5 Million Euro.
  • He was named the Croatia’s Player of the Year in 2015.
  • His Father and Brother were also footballers. His family backed him up to take up this sport.
  • Rakitić has a tattoo bearing his brother’s name on his right arm.
  • In September 2005, he made his debut for Basel during UEFA Cup.
  • Does Rakitić drink Alcohol?: Yes
  • He is the second Croat to play for Barcelona after Robert Prosinecki.

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Body Measurements Chest: 38.5 Inches, Waist: 33.5 Inches, Biceps: 14.5 Inches
Birth Place Möhlin, Switzerland
Children Daughters: Adara Rakitić, Althea Rakitić
Eye Color Green
Hair Color Blonde
Height In CM 184 CM
Height In Meter 1.84 M
Nationality Swiss, Croation
Parents Father: Luka Rakitić, Mother: Kata Rakitić
Profession Croatian Professional Footballer
Siblings Brother: Dejan Rakitić, Sister: Nikol Rakitić
Spous Raquel Mauri
Weight 76 kg
Zodiac Sign Pisces


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