28 January 2012

Piqué on verge of league century

The FC Barcelona midfielder is one game short of his 100th in the league in a Barça shirt.

Gerard Piqué has become a key element of Barça under Guardiola. A product of the youth system, he rejoined the club in 2008 after moving to Manchester United in 2004/05. The Catalan has now played 99 league games for Barça.

He made his league debut on September 13, 2008, in the second game of the 2008/09 campaign, where Barça and Racing drew 0-0 at the Camp Nou. Despite the result, Piqué played well and was one of the main reasons why the Cantabrians failed to score.

But Piqué has also contributed to the attack. He has scored as many as seven league goals for Barça, the first being the sixth in the famous 6-2 win at the Santiago Bernabéu against Real Madrid on May 2, 2009, a goal that the Barça fans will never forget.

He also scored crucial goals in the 2010/11 season away to Atletico Madrid and Vila-real. The last time he was on target was last November 19 away to Zaragoza.

Piqué senses the FCB colours like few others. They say he has Barça in his blood, for his grandfather Amador Bernabéu was a member of the board and Gerard was made a member of the club from birth. He was already in the youth system at the age of ten, and even when he played for Manchester United and Zaragoza (2004-2008) he always said that he was determined to come back to Barcelona one day. This he did, where he and Puyol have formed one of the strongest central defences in world football. (via FCBarcelona.cat)