BARCELONA – FC Barcelona players agreed on Friday to name Argentine star striker Lionel Messi as team captain, filling the spot left vacant by the departure of Andres Iniesta.
Messi has long been the captain of the Argentine national team.
“Barça 2018/19 will have four captains from the Barça youth system, La Masia. Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto will be the ones to wear the famous armband whenever the team takes the field,” the club said in a statement on its official Web site.
Busquets moves up from third captain to second, while Spain international Pique joins the group in the third slot, followed by Sergi Roberto.