After months of debate, Xavi’s successor as Barcelona captain has been named as Andres Iniesta. The 31-year-old has been at the Spanish Giants since the age of 12 and captained the club for much of last season as Xavi's game time grew thin.
It was widely expected that Iniesta would take over from Xavi, with players voting for their captain as opposed to the manager.
He faces a challenge to better last season after Barcelona completed a historic treble, of which he captained the side during the Champions League and Copa Del Rey successes.
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Lionel Messi was chosen as vice captain, while Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano were confirmed as third and fourth choice respectively.
Iniesta made his debut in 2002 against Bruges in the Champions League and has became a club legend in the process. He has won countless trophies with the side and is has been widely recognised as one of the greatest players of his generation.
A Long Time Coming
With countless Catalonian players featuring for Barcelona, his road to captaincy was always going to be difficult. Puyol, Pique, Xavi, Messi, Busquets and Valdes could all have argued their case for the captaincy during Iniesta’s time at Barcelona.
Xavi left Barcelona after a 23 year association with the club for Qatar based side Al Sadd; scoring on his debut; at the end of this season.
The La Liga season kicks off on August 21 and Iniesta will lead his Barcelona side out against Athletic Bilbao two days later.