Video: "I won't let you go" - Young fan breaks down into tears after hugging Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic
Ivan Rakitic has made quite the impact for Barcelona, as they go through a year of transition, as he has become one of the first names on the teamsheet as a result of his performances.
He opened the scoring for the Catalans in their game against Granada, a match that Barcelona eventually won 3-1. Following the match, a young fan ran up to Rakitic and was overcome with emotion, as he hugged him and refused to let go.
After the referee blew the final whistle, a young fan ran onto the pitch and hugged Ivan Rakitic as the Croatian was walking off the pitch. As the boy refused to let go, Rakitic was kind-hearted enough to let him tag along till the sidelines, when security stepped in to separate the fan from the player.
Following the intervention of the security personnel, the fan broke down into tears. Although it isn’t clearly established, reports suggest the kid was in tears because the midfielder didn’t give him his jersey.
Barcelona cut the gap at the top of the table to a single point thanks to the win, bouncing back from their defeat to Malaga last week and put pressure on Real Madrid ahead of their match against Villareal.