FC Barcelona returned to league action on Saturday with a convincing win against Mallorca and also with a symbolic image: Lionel Messi exercising his role as captain on the pitch at the Visit Mallorca Stadium. In an image captured by the club, the Argentine is directing his teammates while they, including coach Quique Setien and his assistant Eder Sarabia, listen attentively to the No.10's instructions,
The photo was posted by Barça on social media on Sunday night and in a few hours was a major talking point, with many users cataloguing it as an iconic image of the current Barça side, in which more than ever the team's hopes depend on the magic of Messi.
The image is especially curious because it captures the moment in which Messi stretches out his left arm, which wears the captain's armband, to make an observation. Griezmann, Araujo, Piqué, Ter Stegen, Jordi Alba, Braithwaite, Busquets, De Jong, Quique Setién and Eder Sarabia are paying close attention to Leo's comments, while Arturo Vidal is the only one looking at the floor. Setien and Sarabia's faces have drawn a lot of comments, with a lost look as of they were surprised by what the Blaugrana captain was saying.