Gerard Pique scored his 16th Champions League goal on Wednesday against Dynamo Kiev in the Camp Nou and hit a couple of milestones along the way.
The goal means that Pique is now the joint highest scoring defender in Europe’s top competition after moving top of the pile and level with Roberto Carlos.
Most goals by defenders in the Champions League:— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 20, 2021
1⃣6⃣ Gerard Piqué
1⃣6⃣ Roberto Carlos
1⃣5⃣ Sergio Ramos
1⃣5⃣ Iván Helguera
1⃣2⃣ Dani Alves#UCL pic.twitter.com/TobChipqQo
Pique’s strike also means he has surpassed Sylvinho to pick up the dubious honor of being the oldest player to score for Barcelona in the Champions League.
34y 260d - Aged 34 years and 260 days, Gerard Piqué has become Barcelona's oldest ever UEFA Champions League goalscorer, surpassing Sylvinho (34y 241d) when he scored v Shakhtar Donetsk in December 2008. Wisdom. pic.twitter.com/y3cBPe8THP— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 20, 2021
There’s another record too which Pique is bound to enjoy. His goal means he has now outscored former Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos in the Champions League. He’s also done it in fewer games (16 goals in 122 games as opposed to 15 games in 129 matches, according to MisterChip) and without taking a bunch of penalties too.
Gerard Piqué has now scored more Champions League goals (16) than Sergio Ramos (15). #UCL pic.twitter.com/T6yZIJM3tX— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 20, 2021
The goal was enough for Barcelona to take all the points against Dynamo Kiev and finally get their Champions League campaign up and running after starting off with dire defeats to Bayern Munich and Benfica.