Raquel Mauri is the wife of Barcelona and Croatian national team soccer player Ivan Rakitic. Rakitić, born March 10, 1988, is a Croatian professional soccer player who plays as a central or attacking midfielder for La Liga giants Barcelona and the Croatia national team.
He married Raquel Mauri in April 2013 in Seville after two years of dating. The couple’s first daughter, Althea was born in July 2013.
Rakitic wrote lovingly about his wife in The Players Tribune article titled “A Croatian Guy Walks Into A Bar”.
via The Players Tribune:
The waitress came back and asked if we were finished, and I said to my brother, “You know, I’m still a bit nervous. I don’t think I can sleep. Let’s have another drink.”
The next day, I signed my contract with Seville, and I lived in that hotel for three months while I searched for a house.
So every single morning, I went to the hotel bar for a coffee and an orange Fanta so that I could see the beautiful waitress.
All I knew was that her name was Raquel. She didn’t speak any English, and I didn’t speak any Spanish. So every single day … “Buenos días, Raquel. Un café y un Fanta naranja.”
Rakitic, who has over 90 caps for Croatia, represented his country at the Euro 2008, Euro 2012, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
He has been playing at Barcelona since 2014.