Piqué celebrates his recent goal against Borussia Mönchengladbach | MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Gerard Piqué has become one of the highest scoring central defenders in FC Barcelona's history. His two goals in last weekend's defeat to Celta were further proof of his goalscoring instinct and his fighting spirit.

It is the first time he has scored twice in the same match for Barça and it is his third goal in succession following his goal in the comeback against Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Champions League.

Since Piqué's arrival in the 2008/09 season he has scored in all nine campaigns he has taken part in with a total of 35 goals for the Catalans proving he can provide the finishing touch even though he is a defender.

The bulk of these goals have come from set-pieces with 23 of the 35 coming from corners making him a potent attacking option from dead ball situations. He has scored fourteen times from headers, highlighting his prowess in the air, and his ability to get to the second ball before anyone else.  

His offensive contribution against Celta has reinforced his undoubted fighting spirit and ability to score goals, making him the third highest scoring defender in Barça's history behind Alexanko with 42 and Ronald Koeman with an incredible 90 goals.

Piqué's five most important goals for Barça

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The unforgettable 6-2 at the Bernabéu

In his first season at the club, Piqué, wanted to take part in the goal feast and he joined in on a counter-attack in which he applied the finish from a Samuel Eto'o cross. He scored the final goal on a stunning scoreline on a night that will go down in history.

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A goal that kept Barça on course for the league title

Piqué scored the only goal in a game against Villareal at El Madrigal in April in the 2010/11 campaign. The Catalans needed to win to avoid any slip-ups on the way to the La Liga title that year. Pique's goal gave Barça a crucial away victory.

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Luis Enrique's first Champions League win

The coach took charge of Barça for the first time in the Champions League against APOEL at the Camp Nou. Again, the Catalans won by a single goal scored by Piqué from a corner. The result was an important one in a season in which the club went on to win the league, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey for the second time in its history.

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Comeback goal

Barça were playing Sevilla at the Camp Nou in the final stages of the season last year. A goal from the central defender changed the nature of a game that looked difficult for Barça and set Luis Enrique's team on the right course for a key victory. Barça clinched the title on the final day of the season with a 3-0 win against Granada.

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A display of character

Piqué's last two goals came last weekend in the defeat to Celta last weekend. The defender displayed real leadership and fight by scoring twice in a valiant effort to get something out of the game. The comeback didn't quite happen that night but the Catalans fought until the last minute at Balaídos.

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