Ivan Rakitić (born 10 March 1988) is a Croatian footballer who plays for Sevilla FC in La Liga, as a central or attacking midfielder. Rakitić started his professional career at FC Basel and spent two seasons with them before was signed by Schalke 04. After spending three and a half seasons in German Bundesliga, he was signed by Sevilla FC in January 2011. Two years later, Rakitić was confirmed as the club captain. On the international level, Rakitić plays for the Croatia national team. Although naturally a product of Switzerland’s youth level, Rakitić pledged his international career to his native parentage of Croatia instead. He made his debut for Croatia in 2007 and has since represented the country at UEFA Euro 2008 and UEFA Euro 2012.