December 3, 2021

UEFA Champions League: Pique On Top of Defender-Scorers

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Despite Barcelona’s performance in the UEFA Champions League fixtures list, Gerard Pique has established himself among the defenders to watch out for in the competition. During their matches in October, he established one of his best performances so far with his 1-0 goal, worth putting the club over the top in their match against Dynamo Kiev.

This performance of Gerard Pique and Barcelona puts him level with another historic football player, Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos. Pique and Carlos are in the history books of football as the highest-scoring defenders in the Champions League. In Pique’s case, his 16th goal in the competition put him there, as well as saved the match against Kiev.

A Tally of Fighting Defenders

Pique’s achievement makes him a player to watch out for and puts him above fellow Spaniard Sergio Ramos on the list of scoring defenders. Ramos and Pique shared second-place before he managed to score the goal. From Ramos, he has moved on and now shares the same place with Roberto Carlos.

The Spanish center-back’s goal-poaching started way back in the 2007-08 campaign that gave Manchester United the Champions League trophy that year. Since that season, he has added 14 goals in the European competition while donning a Barcelona uniform.

A Superstitious Goal of Sorts

Perhaps, the Spanish national team player should make it a habit to score goals in crucial games. He could be the football best player in a match that featured a Pique goal. These matches would be onesthat Barca would also win, making him almost like a lucky charm. All of the 14 Champions League games that featured a Barcelona goal scored by Pique ended up in a win.

In another part of history, this also made him the oldest Champions League goal scorer for Barca. The previous player who achieved this feat for the club was Sylvinho at 34 years and 241 days. Pique made his goal at 34 years and 260 days.

Making History

Even though this puts Pique at the pinnacle of players who have ever donned the Barca uniform, it seems like he’s still trying to make things unpredictable for the 12BET football prediction fanatics. Still, this helps him climb in the upper echelons, where the big names are. The top six scorers have shared 655 appearances and no less than 18 titles.

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