Leo Messi succeeds Andrés Iniesta as Barcelona captain

Ruben Hill
August 11, 2018

FC Barcelona have announced who is to be awarded captain for the new season after long-time servant Andres Iniesta's departure to Japanese side Vissel Kobe at the end of Barca's title winning year under manager Ernesto Valverde.

The Argentina global takes over from Iniesta following his move to Vissel Kobe in the J League at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

Messi, Barca's all-time top goalscorer, has been a vice-captain since 2015.

And now the armband has been granted to none other than Argentine magician Lionel Messi, widely considered to be the greatest footballer of all time.

Messi's elevation to captain comes 14 years after he made his senior debut for the club, as a 17-year-old in 2004.

Barcelona have decided upon their captains for the season ahead after Andres Iniesta left at the start of the summer, and Javier Mascherano departed in January.

Barcelona's decision can be attributed not only to the La Masia connection but also to time served at the club. For the coming 2018/19 season, the midfielder will be second in line after 10 seasons with the first team.

Sergio Busquets takes over as vice-captain while Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto have joined the four-man leadership team, with the quartet all having come through La Masia before graduating to the first-team.

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