After the departure of Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi is announced as the new captain of Barcelona for the season 2018-19. He will lead Barca in their first opening game of the season against Sevilla during the Supercopa de Espana. The final to be played on 13 August 2018 [Indian]. Check Indian time of Barcelona vs Sevilla. Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique will assist him throughout the season as vice captains.
Lionel Messi is the new Barcelona captain
Football Club Barcelona officially announced that “The No 10 [Messi] who filled the role of second captain since 2015 will this season be the team’s captain, a title that has shone over this past decade on the arms of other club legends like Puyol, Xavi and Iniesta.“
Lionel Messi joined the Spanish club in 2001 and today, he is the all time top goal scorer of Barcelona. He has led the team in the absence of Iniesta but will now begin the new season as the main captain of the club.
During the International Champions Cup in the United States, Sergi Roberto led the team in the absence of Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta. Roberto is now 26, has been at the club since 2006 and has made over 200 appearances since making his debut in 2010 under Pep Guardiola.
Messi takes over the armband for his club after returning from the World Cup break. Barca completely dominated the last season as they lost just one game in the last season of Spanish league. Barcelona won La Liga and Copa Del Rey last season.
Barcelona will begin their La Liga campaign against Alaves on 18th August. The club will also play the UEFA Champions League 2018-19. See full schedule of Barcelona for 2018-19 season.