FC Barcelona have confirmed on Friday that Messi will replace Iniesta as the club’s captain for the new season with Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto forming the new leadership team.
Sergio Busquets will be the vice-captain, with Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto the third and fourth captains respectively.
🔵🔴 Four Barça captains for this season: all from La Masia!
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 10, 2018
Lionel Messi, Barca’s all-time top player, has been a vice-captain since 2015 and takes the club’s armband from Andres Iniesta, who succeeded Xavi Hernandez as captain in 2015 but left for Japanese club Vissel Kobe earlier this year.
Andres Iniesta ended a career-long association with the Barcelona at the end of the 2017-18.