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Barca names new captain following Iniesta departure

Lionel Messi Lionel Messi Barcelona have announced Messi will be captain next season
Cary Erickson | 11 August, 2018, 16:07

The legendary 34-year-old signed a three-year contract with Japanese outfit Vissel Kobe after 16 unprecedented seasons with Barcelona where he won 33 trophies, making him the most decorated Spanish player in history.

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.

Argentine captain, Lionel Messi will captain Barcelona this season with Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique acting as his lieutenants.

Lionel Messi was named as Barcelona's captain following the departure of long-serving midfielder Andres Iniesta.

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Messi has had the role of the second captain since 2015 and he will follow in the footsteps of club legends Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernandez and Iniesta.

From that quartet, the club announced on their official website that Messi will be their first-choice captain with Busquets as vice-captain. One of the most talented players to come out of La Masia, Sergio has been one of the captains since 2014/15.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor will be aiming to lift his first trophy as captain on Sunday when Ernesto Valverde's side take on Sevilla in the Spanish Supercopa. The forward, Barca's all-time record goalscorer with 552 in all competitions, already wears the armband for the Argentina.