Messi succeeds Iniesta, named new FC Barcelona captain

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi Barcelona have announced Messi will be captain next season

Lionel Messi has been confirmed as the new Barcelona captain, replacing departed club icon Andres Iniesta in the role.

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi eyes the ball during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) final football match Sevilla FC against FC Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on April 21, 2018.

Iniesta paid a heartfelt farwell to the Nou Camp this summer, moving to Japanese side Vissel Kobe and leaving the captain's armband up for grabs.

Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto will be two of the captains, with Barcelona now having all four as former cantera players.

Sergio Busquets becomes vice-captain, subsequently to be followed by Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto ready to deputise upon the aforementioned players' absence.

Roberto takes over as the fourth captain, filling the gap left by Messi's global team-mate Javier Mascherano following his move to Hebei China Fortune in January.

Roberto's elevation is in spite of his only being a first team regular for three seasons.

Rather ironically when you consider the fact La Masia is struggling to produce talent for the first team, all four captains of the club spent time in the academy and were trained by the Blaugrana.

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