Messi has changed a lot since taking over as a captain: Bartomeu

Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu believes that Argentine forward and the club captain Lionel Messi has changed a lot ever since taking over the reigns of captaincy before the start of the season.

Bartomeu said that Messi is happy at the club and is delighted and excited about winning more trophies with the Catalan giants. He also pointed out that Messi has started to take more responsibilities since taking over as captain.

“Messi is very happy here. He is delighted and excited about continuing to triumph at Barcelona. Messi has made a change, he has decided to take on the captaincy and assume that responsibility in the team,” Daily Mail reported quoting Bartomeu.

Messi, who started his career at Barcelona's La Masia, has risen through the ranks, made his debut for the first team in 2004 and since then, he has established himself as the best player, not only at the club but in the whole world.

He has turned up for Barcelona in 642 matches and has scored a record 556 goals apart from racking 215 assists, which is also a record in the league. Messi was named as one of four Barcelona captains a few years back and became the deputy captain to Andres Iniesta when he took over the captaincy.

When Iniesta left the club before the start of the ongoing season, Messi was named as the captain with Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto being the other three captaincy choices. Since taking over as captain, Messi has been inspiring his teammates on the field apart from being in his league of his own.

Barcelona are currently on top of the LaLiga table with 12 points from four matches. Messi is the league's top-scorer with four goals, same as Karim Benzema, but is ahead of the Real Madrid striker on the list on the virtue of providing more assists than the French international.

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