Messi named Barcelona captain

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If Messi does just that he'll move ahead of Andres Iniesta, on 32, now that the midfield maestro is playing with Vissel Kobe in the Japanese League.

FC Barcelona on Friday named Argentina's Lionel Messi the club's captain, following the departure of long-serving midfielder Andres Iniesta.

Although Iniesta has obviously won more titles at worldwide level, both he and Messi have identical club records: 9 LaLiga titles, 6 Copa del Reys, 4 Champions Leagues, 3 Club World Cups, 3 UEFA Super Cups and 7 Spanish Super Cups.

Sergio Busquets will be the vice-captain, with Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto the third and fourth captains respectively.

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.

And 637 appearances later he has become one of the most iconic players in their history with 552 goals, nine La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor will be aiming to lift his first trophy as captain on Sunday when Ernesto Valverde's side take on Sevilla in the Spanish Supercopa.

Messi will wear the armband for the first time when Barca face Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.