La Liga: Lionel Messi set to captain Barcelona in 2018-19 season with Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique acting as deputies
Lionel Messi will captain Barcelona this season with Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique acting as the Argentine legend's lieutenants, the club announced on Friday.
Barcelona: Lionel Messi will captain Barcelona this season with Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique acting as the Argentine legend's lieutenants, the club announced on Friday.
Messi will lead Barca out in the Spanish SuperCup on Sunday against Sevilla in the Moroccan port of Tangier.
The club confirmed: "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."
Five time Ballon d'Or winner Messi returns to club football in Spain after scoring just once in Argentina's chaotic and disappointing World Cup campaign.
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Barcelona had won their previous seven games and another victory would have put them back within touching distance of Atletico, even if LaLiga's leaders have played one game fewer.
The result ends Real Madrid's run of five consecutive wins while Portu's brilliant header for Real Sociedad early in the second half was also the first goal conceded by the reigning champions in five games.
The operation comes less than a week before presidential elections are to be held at the club.