Leo Messi succeeds Andrés Iniesta as Barcelona captain

The captain's armband has been passed on since Andres Iniesta's departure

The captain's armband has been passed on since Andres Iniesta's departure

Lionel Messi has been named as the new captain of Barcelona following Andres Iniesta's departure from Camp Nou.

Messi, 31, has previously led Barca in Iniesta's absence but will now begin the campaign as the club's outright captain.

From that quartet, the club announced on their official website that Messi will be their first-choice captain with Busquets as vice-captain.

The Argentina captain takes the club's armband from Iniesta, who succeeded Xavi Hernandez as captain in 2015 but left for Japanese club Vissel Kobe in June.

The third and fourth captain vacancies, which have opened up due to Iniesta and Javier Mascherano's exits, will be filled by Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto.

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And with silverware having again evaded his grasp at global 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.

Sergi Roberto captained an inexperienced Barca squad during the club's recent tour of the United States.

Roberto is the last graduate from La Masia to truly make a name for himself in the senior team, although the fact he has been promoted into the leadership structure ahead of Ivan Rakitic, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Jordi Alba has come as a surprise.

Barcelona's decision can be attributed not only to the La Masia connection but also to time served at the club.

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