Barcelona confirmed on Saturday that Lionel Messi will continue as club captain at the Camp Nou for 2020-21.
The Argentine will continue to wear the armband with the other captains once again Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto in that order.
The move resolves the mystery about who would take the Barça armband following Messi’s scathing words about Josep Maria Bartomeu which saw his relationship with the azulgrana president reach a new low.
Messi and Bartomeu will have a lot of negotiating to do over the course of the season – especially regarding the reduction of players’ salaries as the club has lost 30% of revenue.
It’s clear that from the club’s point of view, they want to avoid any more conflicts. Koeman also wants to keep the peace and could easily have decided to name the captains on his own.
Messi too could have turned down the responsibility and handed over the armband to someone else – even if his comments about the lack of a project at the club was not well received by his team mates.
The confirmation of Messi as captain is another step as tensions at Barça slowly subside. Messi was the first to show up for the squad’s training sessions and is also working out voluntarily on his days off.