Lionel Messi made Barca captain, Gerard Pique joins him

11 August, 2018, 05:45 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Lionel Messi named as first of four Barcelona captains and succeeds Andres Iniesta

Andres Iniesta's departure from Barcelona has ensured that the club need to select a new group of captains, with Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto named amongst the newly announced list.

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.

Lionel Messi will wear the famous armband having been the official vice-captain since 2015.

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


Five time Ballon d'Or victor Messi returns to club football in Spain after scoring just once in Argentina's chaotic and disappointing World Cup campaign.

Academy graduate Roberto took the final position, vacated by Javier Mascherano who left earlier this year for Chinese outfit Hebei China Fortune, despite only being a first-team regular for three seasons.

Messi and his team-mates lost just one game on their way to winning La Liga last season, and kick off the new season against Alaves on August 18.

Messi will lead Barca out in the Spanish SuperCup on Sunday against Sevilla in the Moroccan port of Tangier.

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