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Barcelona confirm Lionel Messi is new club captain

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He takes over from Andres Iniesta

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Barcelona have confirmed Lionel Messi has taken over from Andres Iniesta as the club captain and will be supported by Sergio Busquets, Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto.

It’s no surprise to see that Messi will take the armband on a permanent basis, as he’s been the club’s vice-captain since 2015.

Busquets moves up the list of captains while Pique is a new addition. The centre-back is an authoritative presence in the team and never shies away from giving his opinion.

Perhaps what is surprising is seeing Sergi Roberto on the list. He takes the spot vacated by Javier Mascherano after he left for China in January.

He has recent experience of skippering the side, as he wore the armband during the club’s US tour. Marc-Andre ter Stegen was a player thought to be in the frame but he missed out

All four players came through La Masia which means whenever the team plays they will be captained by a player who came through the ranks.