Ivan Rakitic goes horse riding with wife Raquel Mauri as Croatia star continues to enjoy summer break following World Cup heroics

  • Ivan Rakitic and his wife shared photos of themselves together on horseback 
  • Rakitic was all smiles as he continued to enjoy his summer break with his family
  • The midfielder played a key role in Croatia’s journey to the World Cup final
  • The Blazers were welcomed home as heroes after losing to France in the final

Ivan Rakitic was a key part of Croatia’s brilliant World Cup campaign and the midfielder is now enjoying a well-earned break with his family.

Having been on quite the ride with his country in Russia, making it all the way to the final of the World Cup, the 30-year-old went on a different kind of ride with his wife on Thursday.

The pair, who married in 2013 and have two young children, took to Instagram to share photos of themselves spending some quality time together on horseback.

Ivan Rakitic and his wife Raquel Mauri went horse riding on Thursday afternoon

Ivan Rakitic and his wife Raquel Mauri went horse riding on Thursday afternoon

The pair took to Instagram to share photos after enjoying some time together on horseback

The pair took to Instagram to share photos after enjoying some time together on horseback

The couple were all smiles as they posed for the snaps, Rakitic looking grateful for some downtime after an incredibly long campaign.

No player in Europe played more matches than the 71 competed in by the Croatian in the 2017-18 season.

Having helped Barcelona win a La Liga and Copa del Rey double, Rakitic went on to have a sensational World Cup with his national side.   

Rakitic played a key role in midfield as Croatia made it all the way to the World Cup final

Rakitic played a key role in midfield as Croatia made it all the way to the World Cup final

The 30-year-old and his team-mates fell just short as they were beaten by France in the final

The 30-year-old and his team-mates fell just short as they were beaten by France in the final

After winning all three group games, the Blazers had a bruising route to the final with their three knockout matches against Denmark, Russia and England all going to extra-time, the first two settled by a penalty shoot-out.

Zlatko Dalic’s men were ultimately downed by France due to a Mandzukic own goal, followed by strikes from Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe. Ivan Perisic and Mandzukic scored Croatia’s replies.

Despite falling just short, Rakitic and Co were welcome home as heroes after achieving their best-ever finish at a World Cup, eclipsing the third-placed finish in 1998.  

Rakitic kisses his wife as Croatia celebrated their second-placed finish in Zagreb on Monday

Rakitic kisses his wife as Croatia celebrated their second-placed finish in Zagreb on Monday

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