Messi succeeds Iniesta, named new FC Barcelona captain

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

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.

Messi's elevation to captain comes 14 years after he made his senior debut for the club, as a 17-year-old in 2004.

The Spain midfield maestro appeared to have symbolically handed over the captain's armband to Messi towards the end of his final Clasico appearance against Real Madrid in May.

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The five-time Ballon d'Or victor will be aiming to lift his first trophy as captain on Sunday when Ernesto Valverde's side take on Sevilla in the Spanish Supercopa.

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 replaces Javier Mascherano as the fourth captain, with Pique also in the quartet for the first time as he approaches 10 years in the first team.

Messi, who has been at Barcelona since the age of 13, is one of four players to be given new responsibilities by the Catalan club.

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