Barcelona will need some new captains in 2023. Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto are almost confirmed to leave.
Jordi Alba may also leave due to a lack of playing time while Gerard Pique is being urged to retire at the end of this season.
That means a player still under the age of 23 may become a Barca captain.
Here are the likely players who could receive the honour:
Ronald Araujo – the 23-year-old is already a commanding presence in the team and is even considered a La Masia graduate.
Pedri. The talent and composure being exhibited by the 19-year-old midfielder make him an instant favourite to be named skipper
Ansu Fati. Barcelona handed the forward Messi’s number 10 after the legend left, making him captain won’t be a bigger responsibility.
Eric Garcia. The 21-year-old defender has shown solidity and leadership quality since he returned to Barca. He certainly deserves a chance to be named skipper.