Barcelona have traditionally had four captains in the first-team squad, who are normally the longest-serving players.
However, with the departures of Carles Puyol and Victor Valdes, and the potential downscaling of Xavi Hernandez's importance within the side, Luis Enrique needs to choose new leaders.
Per an interview with Barca TV, reported by AS via Dermot Corrigan of ESPN, Enrique actually wants to try something a little different.
The new manager said:
A captain is not whoever lifts the cup or shakes hands with the referee, it is much more. The captains should be the reference points for the players, they should be voted for and that's it. I know the personalities of the Barca players and those who can be captains.
We will have fluid communication. I do not want captains who are the most handsome, the most veteran, the nicest guys or those who sign the most autographs. I am aware of how it is at Barca.
I know the personality of those who can be Barca captains, who are more than ready. They are great protagonists and should feel they like it here. We are working on that.
So with that in mind, who are the runners and riders that could be voted in to be the next to wear the armband?
Let's take a look.