Top LaLiga Defenders in 2018/19 – Gerard Pique

Gerard Pique

Gerard Pique was this season’s second-highest scoring defender in fantasy LaLiga, coming in just one point behind his Barcelona and Spain teammate, Jordi Alba.

Pique finished the season with a total of 83 fantasy football points which was a good return for a defender costing a relatively cheap 7.5 million.

The former Manchester United player started at centre-back for Barcelona in 35 of their 38 league games in 2018/19. He received six yellow cards and zero red cards throughout the season.

From an attacking point of view, Pique contributed four league goals and two assists as Barcelona strolled to an 11-point LaLiga title victory.

Pique also played a large role in Barcelona’s road to the Champions League semi-final stage. However, he was part of the team that went down to Liverpool after a 4-0 trouncing at Anfield in the second leg of that tie.

Following that, Barcelona then also lost the Copa del Rey final, 2-1 to Valencia, meaning Pique and co only added their LaLiga winners’ medals to their collection this season.

Pique’s highest-scoring fantasy LaLiga games this season were when he was awarded 9 points on two separate occasions.

Both those games were in December. First was Barcelona’s 2-0 win at home to Villarreal when Pique scored for his team while also keeping a clean sheet. The second time was in their 5-0 win at Levante two weeks later. Again, it was a goal and clean sheet which gave Pique a personal total of 9 points in that game.

His worst performance of the season in fantasy LaLiga terms was in Barcelona’s 4-3 home defeat to Real Betis in November. Pique finished with -3 points that day thanks to the four goals his side conceded.

He finished with a minus-points total in six other games. Those games were:

  • Barcelona’s 8-2 win over Huesca (-1 point)
  • Their 2-1 defeat at Leganes (-1 point)
  • The 4-2 home win against Sevilla (-1 point)
  • Barca’s 2-2 draw with Valencia at Camp Nou (-1 point)
  • A 4-2 win at Sevilla (-2 points)
  • The 2-2 draw at Eibar (-1 point)

 

Pique returned to Barcelona in 2008 after spending some years at Manchester United in the Premier League.

Since his return to Camp Nou 11 years ago, he has won 8 LaLiga titles, 3 Champions Leagues, 6 Copa del Rey trophies, and 3 FIFA Club World Championships.

On the international front, Pique has a World Cup winners’ medal from 2010 and he was also part of the Spanish side who won the European Championship two years later.

Now 32, it’s unclear just how long more Pique will be able to perform at the top level with Barcelona and Spain.

He has shown no signs of letting up just yet, however.

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