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Gareth Barry creates history at Emirates

Gareth Barry creates history at Emirates”

The 36-year-old midfielder was lauded far and wide for breaking Ryan Giggs's Premier League appearance record with his 633rd match in the competition.

Barry has now eclipsed the 632-game record set by former Manchester United winger, Ryan Giggs.

Barry made 365 appearances for Aston Villa, after making his debut as a second-half substitute in a 3-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday in May 1998, before playing 132 times for Manchester City.

Despite now being in the latter years of his career, the veteran is still hungry as ever to play first team football and showed his intent to do so by leaving Everton this summer to link up with the Baggies. But how long can Barry hang on to the record and who might have it in their sights? Michael Carrick is his nearest rival still playing in the Premier League, but he is more than 150 appearances behind on 479.

England manager Gareth Southgate, too, extended his personal message of congratulations for Barry.

"It's been a great honour to watch you both winning titles with your club, and go on to over 50 caps with England, playing in the biggest of games", said Southgate of Barry. "I think back to watching for the first time as a young kid at Villa and realising straight away that I was in trouble for my place".

He added: "I wanted to congratulate you on a fantastic achievement".

"Thankfully we played three at the back and you were able to play alongside me. So well done mate, and hopefully there's many more games to come".

He has also comfortably played more minutes than any other player in the Premier League, with his 52,871 way ahead of David James, who played in 51,299 minutes of Premier League action during his career.



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