Lionel Messi, the 36-year-old World Cup champion, has been announced as the new captain of Inter Miami by coach Tata Martino.
This confirmation comes after Messi recently joined the Major League Soccer (MLS) team.
In his debut match for the club against Cruz Azul from Liga MX in the Leagues Cup, Messi wore the captain’s armband and even scored a stoppage-time free-kick.
The team’s former captain was Gregore, a Brazilian midfielder, who is currently dealing with a foot injury that will keep him out of action for a long period of time.
Asked if Messi would continue to captain Miami, Martino told reporters: “The other day he was (captain) too, when he entered. Yes, he will be.”
Inter Miami will conclude the two-game group stage on Tuesday as they face Atlanta United at home, aiming to progress to the knockout stages of the Leagues Cup. This tournament follows a World Cup format and includes teams from both MLS and Mexico’s Liga MX.