Modric sent his blessing on social media to Rakitic, who had just announced his retirement from the Croatian team. He wrote: "This feeling of the national team will accompany me throughout my life."
Modric posted a photo of himself and Rakitic on social media, and wrote: "Ivan, I am sorry that you decided to withdraw from the Croatian national team. At the same time, it also tells us the story of 13 years. Satisfied."
"It is my honor to be able to play with such an outstanding player. Thank you for all you have done for the national team and Croatian football."
"The feeling of sadness comes with you saying goodbye to our favorite jersey, but the emotions between us will also make us happy because this is a story we can talk about for a lifetime."