Lionel Messi named new Barcelona captain

Barcelona have named Lionel Messi as their new captain following the departure of Andres Iniesta to Vissel Kobe. The Argentina international has acted as the club’s standing skipper on many occasions in the past but he has now been handed the permanent captaincy ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

A statement released by Barcelona read: “Lionel Messi will be the first captain. The Argentine takes over the role following the departure of Andrés Iniesta to Japanese club Vissel Kobe. The former Barca midfielder had the job from the 2015/16 season when he took over from Xavi, who in turn had inherited the position from the retired Carles Puyol.”


With Argentina out of the 2018 World Cup in the Round of 16, it presents another opportunity to critique the team skipper Lionel Messi. The Argentine has getting podium finishes at the Best player awards/Ballon d’Or every year for the last decade.

With Barcelona failing to advance in the Champions League, and with Messi’s performance in the World Cup in Russia, there are doubts that the star player would miss his regular podium finish for the first time.

Frank Lampard Fancies Mohamed Salah Beating Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo To Ballon d’Or

Chelsea favourite Frank Lampard believes Mohamed Salah can end the dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo with respect to the Ballon d’Or title. One of the pair has won the prestigious accolade over the past 10 years but Lampard feels this trend could come to an end, should Salah guide Liverpool to Champions League success this term.

“Liverpool have attacking talent to worry Roma, most notably Mohamed Salah,” he wrote in his Evening Standard column. “After being named PFA Player of the Year, he can now put himself in the bracket for the Ballon d’Or too. It will be hard for him to break the group that is Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. It will take a lot to do that. But if he takes Liverpool to the Champions League title, that could well do it.”

Lionel Messi – Manchester City Are One Of The Strongest Teams Around

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has hailed Manchester City as one of the best teams in this season’s Champions League. The Citizens suffered an exit in the round of 16 stage of the competition last time around but they are in a strong position to progress further this year after having secured a comfortable 4-0 away win to Basel at the same stage.

Philippe Coutinho makes surprise claim about Lionel Messi

Brazil international Philippe Coutinho has suggested that Lionel Messi is becoming a better footballer at Barcelona with every increasing game. The 30-year-old has won every accolade at his grasp at the club level with a major trophy with Argentina being the only thing which has eluded him.

Speaking on 8TV, Coutinho said that Messi is still learning from the beautiful game, and he is pleased to be learning from some of the club's greats including Andres Iniesta at the Camp Nou, he said: "It seems incredible, but every day Messi gets better and better, as a teammate I can only take advantage of my moments with him.

"I’ve learned a lot from everyone and I’ve tried to take advantage of everything they have taught me. Andres (Iniesta) is a genius and anyone who plays with him will make them better. I’m enjoying my time with him and Messi, they are my idols."


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