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Iniesta handed Barcelona captaincy following Xavi's departure

PASADENA, UNITED STATES - JULY 21: Andres Iniesta of FC Barcelona during the International Champions Cup 2015 match between FC Barcelona and Los Angeles Galaxy at Rose Bowl on July 21, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

PASADENA, UNITED STATES - JULY 21: Andres Iniesta of FC Barcelona during the International Champions Cup 2015 match between FC Barcelona and Los Angeles Galaxy at Rose Bowl on July 21, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

Andres Iniesta will take over as Barcelona captain following the departure of Xavi to Al-Sadd, it has been confirmed.

Iniesta had served as Xavi's deputy in recent years and has been elected as the European champions' skipper for the 2015-16 campaign by his teammates.

Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets were re-elected as second and third choices, while Javier Mascherano is now fourth in line for the armband.

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