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Ivan Rakitic is Barcelona's most picked player under Luis Enrique

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Ivan Rakitic has been a mainstay in the first team ever since he signed

Croatian midfielder, Ivan Rakitic, is Barcelona's most capped player in the past two seasons. The Swiss-born maestro joined Catalan giants Barcelona in the summer of 2014 from La Liga rivals, Sevilla, for a modest €18m and has since gone on to cement himself as an 'undroppable'. 

Rakitic has only missed 13 of the games Luis Enrique has put out for Barcelona and is even more regular compared to the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Neymar Jr. While many would argue that Messi missed out due to his injuries, the Argentine is still second on the list two appearances short of the leading Croatian. 

The top ten players on the list would logically include the ideal starting XI put out by Enrique and it does, the only exception being the rotation of the goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo and Marc-André ter Stegen who have shared the responsibility between the sticks. 

Name of playerAppearances since July, 2014
Ivan Rakitic87
Lionel Messi85
Sergio Busquets81
Neymar 80
Javier Mascherano77
Dani Alves77
Luis Suarez77
Jordi Alba74
Gerard Pique72
Andreas Iniesta68
Claudio Bravo58
Sergi Roberto52
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen38

Luis Enrique wins 100th game in charge of Barcelona

Barcelona beat Levante 2-0 to go three points clear on the top of the La Liga table. It all began when David Navarro guided Jordi Alba's cross into the back of his own net before Luis Suarez scored his 20th goal of the season with a well-taken effort. 

The win over Levante extended their run to ten successive wins in both the domestic league and cup competitions and a total of 28 games unbeaten – a feat that matched the Pep Guardiola's record with the Barcelona side of 2011. 

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