Simao Sabrosa has admitted that he was stunned when offered the chance to be one of Atletico de Madrid's captains for the new campaign, and is relishing the challenge.
The Portuguese winger was given the role by coach Abel Resino after a reshuffle and he is delighted to be given the chance to be a leader on and off the pitch.
Maxi Rodriguez relinquished the job and that saw Atletico need to find their new captains - and Simao was honoured to have been asked.
"I was surprised. It is an honour to be one of the captains, but also a great responsibility. I do have experience as a captain before," he told AS.
"We will all continue to be equal though and try to make the season a successful one."
On Tuesday evening Simao faces his former club Benfica in a pre-season friendly and he admits that going back will be a strange experience.
"We are still in pre-season and what is important is the preparation for the league and the Champions League," he continued.
"I think this will be a good game and Atleti will want to win, like every game we play.
"It will be a special game for me because it will be the first time I have played against Benfica in the Estadio da Luz."
Diego Forlan has been linked with several other clubs this summer, but Simao does not believe that his room-mate will be going anywhere.
"I share a room with Diego and he is calm and focused on having a good season here," he added. "Atletico is going to do everything to keep them at the club."
Lucas Brown, Goal.com