Ivan Rakitic has ‘a lot of respect’ for Real Betis fans

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic – a former captain of Sevilla – has praised fans of Real Betis for their standing ovation of Lionel Messi.

The Argentine star netted a sensational hat-trick in the Blaugrana’s 4-1 victory at Los Verdiblancos on Sunday night, with his chipped finish for his third earning him a round of applause from the entire stadium.

“The ovation to Leo? Everyone knows that I am very Sevillista but I have a lot of respect for the Betis fans, they have had a great deal of respect for Leo,” Rakitic told Barca TV, as cited by El Desmarque.

“I have respect for that and I congratulate them for that great gesture.”

The victory put Barca ten points clear at the top of La Liga.

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