'Great source of pride' to be Barcelona captain, says Messi

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Icon of the game: Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi has revealed his delight at being named Barcelona captain for this season.

“It’s a great source of pride to be captain of this team,” said Messi, who has been at the club since he was 13, rising through the ranks at La Masia and then on to the first team.

The 31-year-old was named skipper this summer after club legend Andres Iniesta departed for Japanese club Vissel Kobe, following his own successful 16-year spell in the famous Blaugrana shirt.

Messi has made 641 appearances for Barca, scoring an incredible 556 goals.

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Barcelona winger Malcom suffers ankle injury in training

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Injury problem for new signing.

Barcelona winger Malcom is expected to miss a week after suffering an ankle sprain in training on Monday, the club revealed.

The 21-year-old arrived from Bordeaux in a dramatic transfer this summer after Barcelona hijacked a move to Roma that had already been agreed.

Malcom made one appearance this season, coming on as a late substitute during the club’s 1-0 win over Real Valladolid in the second fixture of the league campaign.

The Brazilian was not named in his national team’s squad for their upcoming friendlies during the ongoing international break, thus staying back in Catalonia to train.

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Live Barcelona Blog: Lionel Messi omitted from FIFA men's player of the year shortlist

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Welcome to today’s Barcelona blog. Niall and the rest of the Sport360 team will be with you throughout the day with the latest news, rumours and insights from the Camp Nou.

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17:00 – Messi omitted from shortlist for FIFA’s men player of the year

Lionel Messi has been omitted from the shortlist for FIFA’s men’s player of the year award, which features Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah.

Barcelona and Argentina forward Messi had featured in the top three for 11 straight years.

He was runner-up in the prize in 2007 and 2008 before winning the title for the first of five years in 2009.

Read more here.

14:00 – Messi features in our European Team of the Week

Lionel Messi’s sensational display against Huesca earned him a place in our European Team of the Week.

The Argentine scored twice and provided two assists as the Catalan giants hammered the newly-promoted side 8-2 at the Camp Nou.

Read more here.

12:00 – Valverde ‘not satisfied’ despite 8-2 victory over Huesca

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was not fully satisfied after watching his side thrash Huesca 8-2 to go top of La Liga.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both scored twice and after Jorge Pulido’s own goal Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic and Jordi Alba were all on target as Valverde’s side ran riot in the second half.

But Huesca had opened the scoring through Watford loanee Cucho Hernandez and pulled it back to 3-2 before the break when Alex Gallar converted a cut-back.

Despite the lop-sided scoreline, both Huesca’s goals rankled with Valverde.

Read what he had to say here.

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