Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu believes that the club's star player Lionel Messi has changed since taking over as captain as he has assumed more responsibility. The 31-year-old was handed the captaincy armband this season following the departure of Andres Iniesta at the end of last season.
Messi has taken to captaincy like a fish to water, leading the club to four consecutive wins in the La Liga, with Barcelona currently on top of the league table, two points ahead of rivals Real Madrid.
"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," Bartomeu said as quoted by fourfourtwo.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu claims that captaincy has changed Lionel Messi.— SBOBET (@SBOBET) September 18, 2018
"He is delighted and excited about continuing to triumph at Barcelona. He has decided to take on the captaincy and assume that responsibility in the team." #ForcaBarca pic.twitter.com/dgqd7FVC5e
Bartomeu also opened up on the league authorities decision to play one league game in the United States of America, something which he strongly agrees with as it will only help the Spanish game grow in the region.
"LaLiga proposed that we play a match abroad and it seemed a good idea. We have the obligation to promote the league. You have to get closer to the fans and find new streams of income. Playing a match abroad would help us. If it can be played, we'll do it. The club captains have been informed."
The Catalan giants will be next seen in action when they open their UEFA Champions League campaign against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday, the 18th of September.