Ronaldo leaving Madrid would make Barca star Rakitic happy

Ivan Rakitic would be "happy" if Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid before the 2018-19 LaLiga season.

Ivan Rakitic (L) and Cristiano Ronaldo (R)   -  Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid would make Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic happy. Ronaldo cast doubt on his future in Madrid with his comments after it won a third successive Champions League title by beating Liverpool 3-1 in May.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has since admitted that he timed his remarks poorly, but it remains to be seen whether he will stay at the Santiago Bernabeu for 2018-19.

Should Ronaldo decide to move on, Rakitic suggested it would be good for LaLiga and Copa del Rey champions Barca.

"I find it hard to believe that he'd go. But, things change quickly in football. Moreoever, if he does go, I'm not going to lie, I'd be happy," the Croatia international told Marca.

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Zinedine Zidane will not be returning to Madrid next season, having resigned just five days after their Champions League triumph.

Rakitic was not shocked by Zidane's decision and commended him on an impressive job at Los Blancos.

"At first, it didn't surprise me. But, he's chosen his time [to step down] and you've got to take your hat off to him," he said.

"The level he's taken Madrid to is very impressive, something that few would have managed."