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Lionel Messi named Barcelona captain for 2018/19 season

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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.

Sergio Busquets, meanwhile, will become the club's second captain, a role previously held by Messi.

Messi has skippered the Blaugrana on numerous occasions before having been the official vice-captain since 2015, but will now lead the Liga champions out on a permanent basis.

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However, Barcelona announced on Friday through their Twitter page that Messi will be the first of four captains for the new campaign, along with vice-captains, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto.

And with silverware having again evaded his grasp at global level during the World Cup, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor will be keen to be lifting more trophies over the next 12 months.

The midfielder, who is now 26, has been at the club since 2006 and has made over 200 first team appearances since making his debut in 2010 under Pep Guardiola.

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Academy graduate Roberto took the final position, vacated by Javier Mascherano who left earlier this year for Chinese outfit Hebei China Fortune.

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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