Pique

Gerard Pique’s winning goal for Barcelona against Dynamo Kyiv wasn’t just an important one for the club, but it also represented a personal milestone for the centre-half as he made Champions League history.

With his right-footed strike against the Ukrainian club, Pique became the highest-scoring defender in the history of the Champions League, tied only with Roberto Carlos.

Sergio Ramos is close behind with 15 goals, which is one less than the 16 which Pique and the former Real Madrid left-back share.

Ironically, Pique’s goalscoring exploits in the Champions League began against Dynamo Kyiv, with his first strike coming against the Ukrainian side in the 2007/08 edition of the tournament when he was playing for Manchester United.

He played three Champions League matches en route to claiming a winner’s medal that season, scoring a further goal with a bullet header against Roma.

The remaining 14 goals have all been scored with Barcelona, after having returned to the club he grew up in at the beginning of the 2008/09 season.

The first was against Sporting CP on November 26, 2008, and the only campaigns which haven’t seen a continental goal from Pique include 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2019/20.

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