Xavi names one big difference between captain Messi and captain Puyol

“I don’t believe in a single leader,” Xavi has told the media.

“Messi was a great leader on the pitch, but then he was an introvert. Andres [Iniesta] was the same. Puyol was a great captain in all aspects.

“Then the leader leaves and everything falls apart. Everyone must contribute,” Blaugrana’s new boss concluded.

It’s been a while since Barcelona had a captain who was passionate enough both on and off the pitch, with Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano possibly the best modern examples of such players.

We’re yet to see if Xavi makes any changes to the team’s captain hierarchy. For now, La Masia graduates Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba are the chosen ones


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