Pique sets incredible record: he has played every minute in 2018/2019 league campaign
- The defender has capped total 2,070 minutes over 23 La Liga matches.
- Ter Stegen is another Blaugrana star to have featured in every game.
- The top three of the most-used players is completed by Luis Suarez (1,899 minutes in 22 fixtures).
Gerard Pique is simply indispensable for Barcelona. Even though the most recent 0-0 draw at Athletic Club was a negative result for Barcelona who failed to extend their La Liga lead up to eight points, it was a significant milestone for the Blaugrana centre-back. He has now become the only outfield player to have played every minute this La Liga season.
In total, the 32-year-old has capped 2,070 minutes over 23 league matches. He has scored three goals and provided one assist during this run. His goals arrived in the highly entertaining 2-2 draw against Girona, in the solid 2-0 win over Villarreal and in the spectacular 5-0 away win at Levante. He also assisted on Ousmane Dembele's vital equalizer against Rayo Vallecano.
Pique was criticised at the beginning of the current campaign as his lapses of concentration cost the Catalans a number of crucial points. Nevertheless, he has seemingly overcome all the struggles. His quite and assured presence has a calming effect on Barca back-line. Thanks to the veteran defender - and Ter Stegen, of course - the Catalans didn't concede against Athletic on Sunday night.
By the way, Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is another player who has featured in every minute of every game this season in La Liga. He is joined by fellow shot-stoppers Jordi Masip (Valladolid), David Soria (Getafe), Jan Oblak (Atletico), Tomas Vaclik (Sevilla), Diego Lopez (Espanyol) and Sergio Asenjo (Villarreal).
As for Barcelona, the third most-used La Liga player is Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan striker has capped 1,899 minutes of the playing time in 22 La Liga matches since the start of the 2018/2019 campaign. The only game he had to miss was the 2-0 Villarreal win back in December as he had a minor knee issue.