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Pique and Sergi Roberto named as new Barcelona captains

11 August, 2018, 12:09 | Author: Tommie Newton
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Barcelona have confirmed that Lionel Messi will replace Andres Iniesta as the club's captain for the new season.

Iniesta ended a career-long association with the Catalan giants at the end of the 2017-18 season, joining Japanese side Vissel Kobe.

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi eyes the ball during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) final football match Sevilla FC against FC Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on April 21, 2018.

And Barcelona announced on Friday that Messi will be the first of four captains for the new campaign, along with Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto.

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Koscielny usually wore the armband last season as well, as club captain Per Mertesacker rarely played. He makes it hard for teams to play against them and will play 4-2-3-1.

Messi has had the role of the second captain since 2015 and he will follow in the footsteps of club legends Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernandez and Iniesta.

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.

Legitimising Barca's claim to nurturing talent over heavy expenditure, all four players are graduates of the famed La Masia.

Gerard Pique is next in line as third choice while Sergi Roberto is the last of the group, taking the place of Javier Mascherano, who signed for Hebei China Fortune in January.

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