Barcelona has elected a brand new team captain.
Inside a secret voting process, which was voted on through the players, Andres Iniesta received probably the most votes. Superstar forward Lionel Messi collected the 2nd most votes, and will also be the vice captain for Barcelona this La Liga season.
Middle fielder Sergio Busquets received the 3rd most votes while Javier Mascherano got the 4th most.
With Xavi no more around the squad, this means that Iniesta may be the longest current tenured player on Barcelona. Iniesta is a person in Barcelona because the 2002 season winning seven Spanish Premier League Titles. He provides extensive knowledge about Barcelona, and it has always proven great leadership, which means this may come as no real surprise to soccer fans.
Luis Suarez and Neymar are perfect players, however they haven’t exactly proven great leadership skills, particularly in worldwide tournaments. Suarez and Neymar each missed playing time in the 2015 Copa America due to on-field behavior issues.
“Above all it’s a special responsibility to represent not just they but a lot more: the package, the club image. Becoming the very first team captain it’s something special, especially for those who have spent a lot time in the club. In the same manner that everyone is different, I do not think there’s a precise type of a captain. Everybody differs and communicate things in their own individual way” stated Iniesta.
Iniesta has become the ninth team captain in Barcelona soccer history. He’s even the six consecutive Barcelona captain to hail from The country. The only real two Barcelona captains born outdoors of The country were Bernd Schuster and Gheorghe Popescu. Much like Real Madrid, their superstar player, Cristiano Ronaldo, can also be and not the team captain. Sergio Ramos, of The country, holds that distinction.
This season Barcelona is going to be searching to win their second straight La Liga championship and 24th in franchise history.
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