10 footballers set to 'boss' 2009

Posted by , 20 January 2009

Ivan Rakitic

Born: March 10, 1988
Club: Schalke 04
Country: Croatia

Harder, faster and stronger than Croatian team-mate Luka Modric, Swiss-born Rakitic is a wanted man. While big clubs covet his signature, people in Switzerland want his head on a stick for declining to play for the country of his birth. His father was even denied Swiss citizenship, but that’s a small trade-off for a player whose set piece delivery and combative (bloodthirsty) style has won him lofty admirers. Aston Villa could bring him to the Premier League in the summer.

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