Messi succeeds Iniesta, named new FC Barcelona captain

The captain's armband has been passed on since Andres Iniesta's departure

The captain's armband has been passed on since Andres Iniesta's departure

The key members of Barcelona's squad for next season have been revealed and there's a small detail that fans and board members are going to love: All of them came through the ranks at La Masia.

Five time Ballon d'Or victor Messi returns to club football in Spain after scoring just once in Argentina's chaotic and disappointing World Cup campaign. Following the departures of Iniesta and Mascherano, this left two vacant spots from the available four.

The most decorated Spanish player in history came on as a second-half substitute in a 3-0 defeat to Shonan Bellmare but he was on hand to give Vissel Kobe the lead against Jubilo in the 15th minute.

Messi will be the primary captain for the new season, but Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Sergio Roberto will share the responsibility when needed.

In fact, the new captains correspond with the places for the longest serving players.

Rather ironically when you consider the fact La Masia is struggling to produce talent for the first team, all four captains of the club spent time in the academy and were trained by the Blaugrana.

Of the quartet Roberto is the youngest having played his first game, also coming during Guardiola's reign, in 2010 but that still makes him an elder statesman.

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