Are you sitting down? Because this is a shocker.
Okay, not so much (It’s difficult to convey sarcasm this early in a post).
Lionel Messi has taken the arm band from Andres Iniesta as Barcelona captain, the legendary playmaker who’s moved onto Japan’s Vissel Kobe. Xavi and Carles Puyol were the previous captains.
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Second captain since 2015, the announcement comes as a foregone conclusion.
Messi is joined by Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, and Sergi Roberto in the captainship. Pique and Busquets were in the quartet with Messi, while Roberto is taking the place of Javier Mascherano.
Barcelona pointed out that this is the first time since 2014-15 that all four captains come from La Masia, Barca’s celebrated academy.