Lionel Messi made Barca captain, Gerard Pique joins him

Andres Iniesta Lionel Messi Barcelona 2017-18

Lionel Messi has been officially named new captain of Barcelona following Andres Iniesta's exit from Camp Nou.

The Argentina worldwide, who already wears the armband for his country, takes over from Iniesta following his move to Vissel Kobe at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

Messi will be hopeful of lifting his first trophy as captain on Sunday as Ernesto Valverde's side take on Sevilla in the Spanish Supercopa.

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


Defenders Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto were also named new vice-captains in a statement by the La Liga champions.

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.

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.

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.

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