Lionel Messi has confessed he is ‘very proud’ to be the new captain of Barcelona following Andres Iniesta’s departure to Japan.
The Argentine star won his 33rd trophy with Barca last week when they lifted the Spanish Supercopa against Sevilla and now leads them in an official capacity for the first time.
“I’m very proud to be captain, I know what it means to be captain of this club,” Messi told fans ahead of his side’s 3-0 victory over Boca Juniors in the Joan Gamper trophy.
“I have been lucky to have such great models in my time here; firstly with Carles Puyol, then Xavi Hernandez and then the great Andres Iniesta.
“We will miss him this season, but I will not shy away from this responsibility.”
Barca beat Boca 3-0 at the Camp Nou, with Messi among the scorers – Malcom and Rafinha Alcantara also found the net.