In an interview with Marca, the Croatian talked about Ronaldo’s strengths and how he is someone who is always a threat to Barcelona’s chances of winning trophies.
“I find it difficult to imagine that he will leave,” Rakitic said.
“However, football moves quickly and many things happen. He’s the player that makes the difference at Real Madrid.
“And, if he goes, I would be glad, I’m not going to lie. As a colleague, though, I hope he makes the best decision. As with Zinedine Zidane, I wish him the best. And if he goes, well, better [for Barcelona].”
Rakitic though was all praise for team-mate Lionel Messi, whose Argentina side he will face in the group stage of the World Cup.
“There’s no one in football that has found the formula to stop him. Not [Croatia coach] Dalic, not me… no one. What you have to do is enjoy him.”
“We admit that it’s really special to compete with Leo, but he also knows that we’re all excited to play against him. It’s not that it’s something nice, but this is the top-level, it’s a World Cup, the best teams are here and you compete against them. It’s a special motivation to be enjoyed.
“All eyes are on Messi, they’re the favourite [in the group]. Leo deserved [to win a World Cup] but football is not tennis. You can’t put pressure on him. He deserves it, but there are 32 national teams with the same dream.”
Ronaldo suggested he could call time on his Madrid career just moments after they clinched their third consecutive Champions League against Liverpool, saying “it was very nice to be at Real Madrid”.
However, Fernandes insists Ronaldo is unfazed by the speculation as Portugal’s most capped player looks to help his side win back to back major tournaments following their triumph at Euro 2016.
“I have nothing negative to say about Cristiano, he looks focused and doesn’t look at all worried about his future,” said Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Fernandes, speaking at Portugal’s World Cup team base camp on the outskirts of the Russian capital.
Portugal share Group B with Morocco and Iran, but face their toughest test in their opening game against Spain on Friday in the evening kick-off.
Ronaldo is Portugal’s all-time leading scorer with 81 goals in 150 senior caps but, at 33, this could be his final major international tournament.
Cristiano Ronaldo “doesn’t look at all worried about his future” according to Portugal team-mate Manuel Fernandes.
Though he seemingly backtracked the following day, telling Madrid fans “see you next year” at their trophy parade, reports from Portugal last week claimed he has decided to leave the Spanish capital.
However, the speculation has not affected his preparations for the World Cup, according to Fernandes.
“I have nothing negative to say about Cristiano,” said Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Fernandes on Monday. “He looks focused and doesn’t look at all worried about his future.”
Portugal kick off their World Cup campaign on Friday with a crucial Group B encounter against Spain.