Messi succeeds Iniesta, named new FC Barcelona captain

Messi succeeds Iniesta, named new FC Barcelona captain

Lionel Messi has succeeded Andres Iniesta as captain of Barcelona, after the Spaniard ended his 22-year stay at the club to join Japanese side Vissel Kobe in May.

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.

It is hard to imagine Andres Iniesta wearing the shirt of anyone but his beloved Barcelona.

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.

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It is the first time since the 2014-15 season that all the club's four captains have come through the club's famous La Masia youth academy.

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

One of Messi's former teammates at Barcelona, Dani Alves, is the footballer with the most club titles in the history of football.

This clip provides another reminder of one of the most gifted players of his generation hopefully will be just the first of many as he settles into life at his new club. The forward, Barca's all-time record goalscorer with 552 in all competitions, already wears the armband for the Argentina.