New Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has pointed who will captain his team in the upcoming season.
The club on Saturday confirmed Lionel Messi will stay on as Barcelona captain.
Despite the chaotic period, the Argentine will keep the armband under the new manager with Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto his deputies.
Barcelona announced in a statement on Saturday, alongside a photo of all four players: ‘For the third consecutive season, the four wearers of the armband will be Leo Messi, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto, in that order.
‘'Since the departure of Andrés Iniesta in 2018, the Argentine star has been in charge of leading the Barça team.
‘'The number 10 faces his 17th season in the first team and the third as first captain.'’
Messi shocked the football world at the end of August when he made it known to the Barcelona boardroom that he wanted a new challenge.
However, not long after, Messi reversed his decision as such, the 33-year-old looks set to leave upon the expiration of his contract next summer.
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