“To enjoy Barca is to enjoy football…”

Ivan Rakitic has explained ‘if you don’t enjoy football in Barcelona, then you don’t enjoy football’ in praise of the club’s style of play.

The 29-year-old midfielder signed for the Blaugrana in the summer of 2014 from Sevilla and has become an integral part of the club’s first-team squad.

“It is every boy's dream to play for Barcelona,” Rakitic wrote in The Players Tribune.

“I remember when I arrived for the presentation, I walked into the dressing room, and they had my boots waiting for me at my locker, and I got goosebumps looking at the boots.

“I was thinking, These are not just boots. These are my Barcelona boots."There is a rhythm to the way we try to play – it's like a big machine.

“When you hit the button, all the pieces inside already know what to do. It's one thing to see it on TV, or to play against Barcelona, and it's another thing to experience it for yourself.

“If you don't enjoy football in Barcelona, then you don't enjoy football.”

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