Lionel Messi named Barcelona captain for 2018/19 season

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Barcelona have confirmed that Lionel Messi will replace Andres Iniesta as the club's captain for the new season.

The Argentina worldwide, who already wears the armband for his country, takes over from Iniesta following his move to Vissel Kobe at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

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

Lionel Messi has been named as Barcelona's new captain for the 2018/19 season.

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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Busquets was once said to be former manager Pep Guardiola's first name on the team-sheet during his tenure on the helm of the club.

Gerard Piqué becomes one of the quartet of captains, third in line, just before the 10th anniversary of his debut for the first team.

And with silverware having again evaded his grasp at worldwide level during the World Cup, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor will be keen to be lifting more trophies over the next 12 months.

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.

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