THEY say if you really want something, you will keep going for it until finally you get what you want.
And that was no different for Croatia's Ivan Rakitic, 30, who really had to work the charm to finally earn a date with Raquel Mauri, 29.
Getty – Contributor11 Raquel Mauri is the stunning Spanish Wag of Ivan Rakitic
It all happened when the midfield dynamo had just signed for Sevilla from Schalke 04 in 2011.
He visited the same local coffee shop with his brother, where Mauri worked as a barista, as he settled into life in Spain.
But, as he explained in his Players' Tribune piece, his pigeon Spanish did him no favours in trying to woo his future wife.
"I don’t know how to explain it. Sometimes, you meet someone and you just have a different feeling," he wrote.
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11 Rakitic met Mauri in a coffee shop in Sevilla
11 At first she rejected Rakitic and his advances
11 Mauri was working at a coffee as a barista when she met Rakitic
"Whenever I saw her, it was like a bomb went off inside me.
Week after week, I slowly started to learn some Spanish words, and if I was struggling, I would use my hands a lot to try to explain what I was trying to say to her.
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"She thought that was funny. She was like, 'Me … Jane. You … Tarzan.'
"I was drinking so much coffee it was ridiculous. I probably asked her out 20 or 30 times."
Rakitic revealed that Mauri had her reservations about dating a footballer because he could end up having to move to another country.
11 Rakitic revealed in a Players' Tribune article that Mauri had her concerns about dating a footballer
11 He said that part of the reason he did well at Sevilla was to get the chance to date Mauri
Getty – Contributor11 Eventually, stunning Mauri went on a date with Rakitic after he asked her out over 20 times
Rakitic continued: "You know, I’m not the biggest guy in the world, so I thought, 'S***, maybe she sees me and she doesn’t think I’m going to be very good and Seville will sell me in the summer.'
"Part of my motivation when I went to training was to establish myself in the squad so that I would be around for awhile and this girl would finally have dinner with me. It literally took me seven months."
Eventually, Raquel agreed to grab lunch – and seven years later the pair are still together.