FC Barcelona announces delightful news for the Lionel Messi fans


XtraTime Web Desk:
FC Barcelona confirms a great news for the Lionel Messi fans around the globe, as the Argentine forward will be the full time Captain of his esteemed club in the forthcoming season. He is replacing departed club icon Andres Iniesta in the role.

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

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.

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.

Messi was named Barcelona’s second captain in 2015 and, having also skippered Argentina, was the obvious choice to take over from Iniesta.

Roberto takes over as the fourth captain, filling the gap left by Messi’s international team-mate Javier Mascherano following his move to Hebei China Fortune in January.

The appointment of the new quartet means all four Barcelona captains are products of the famed La Masia academy for the first time since the 2014-15 season, when Xavi, Iniesta, Messi and Busquets made up the foursome.

 

Breaking News:
  • 2nd Test: Umesh Yadav’s brilliant show help India to thrash West Indies 2-0 in the series     Vijay Hazare Trophy: Birthday boy Gautam Gambhir’s brilliant century helps Delhi to reach the semis     UEFA Nations League: More misery for Germany as they lost to Netherlands 3-0     International Friendly: India puts up a miraculous show, salvages a draw against mighty China     Rishabh Pant, Mohammed Shami get a call up for the first two ODIs against West Indies     2nd Test: India eyeing for another rampaging show against the West Indies to seal the series     Youth Olympics: Incredible show by Saurabh Chaudhary, bags gold in 10m air pistol     I would choose Tendulkar to bat for my life, says Shane Warne     Rishabh Pant all set to be included in ODI squad against Windies     MS Dhoni likely to play for Jharkhand in Vijay Hazare Trophy quarters