“He’s one of the greatest ever,” he said. “You really enjoy watching him and what he is doing at Juventus. For me, he is one of the best ever.”
Rakitic signed for Barcelona in 2014 and played six years with the club, winning four La Liga titles as well as the 2015 Champions League crown.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, finds his future at Juventus in a tricky position given the club’s financial difficulties, with the club considering the possibility of offloading their superstar forward in a bid to reduce their wage bill.