Some Barcelona fans have been far from complimentary about their Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic of late.
The 31-year-old has been a key player for the club for five years, making 273 appearances for them and scoring 34 goals and creating 37 assists in that time.
He has helped the Spanish giants win four La Liga titles and four Copa del Rey titles, whilst also being crucial in their UEFA Champions League winning campaign in 2014/15 when he was named in the Squad of the Season.
But that is all now in the past, and the former Sevilla man is struggling for minutes at the Nou Camp this season. Indeed, he is the fifth most used midfielder in the Barcelona squad this term, behind Arthur, Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto.
Upon De Jong’s arrival in the summer, Rakitic was quoted as saying: “I’m convinced De Jong is not coming for my position because it’s occupied.”
Those comments appear to have rubbed some Barcelona fans up the wrong way, and they now have no sympathy for him being out of the starting 11.
Here is what some Barcelona supporters have been saying about Rakitic on Twitter after discovering just how little game time he has been given by Ernesto Valverde so far in the 2019/20 campaign…
Mr “my position is occupied “,
— CASTOR TROY (@Geraldation2) September 30, 2019
He was too confident that he will play every single game🤷🏻♂️
— Aaron Kinny (@kinny_aaron) September 30, 2019
He shouldn’t even have a place in squad
— Idhem (@IdhemAra_) September 30, 2019
I understand he must be feeling awful. But it’s time to move on
— ©Phokgedi© (@iamphokgedi) September 30, 2019
Why was he ever number 1? No wonder we were a joke for a season or two. We’ve played consistently but not Barcelona football for so long, just to lose BADLY against big teams right at the end of the campaign.
— Kaine ♠♥ (@Kaine19049248) September 30, 2019
— Kevey B (@KeveyB) September 30, 2019
— Richecard (@Gousto360) September 30, 2019
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