Gareth Barry made his debut for Aston Villa back in 1998. Since then he has accumulated an impressive 633 appearances on the football pitch. Barry has just broken Man. United legend Ryan Giggs’ appearance record.
Arsenal has commemorated the event with a special t-shirt signed by all members of the club and featuring the number “633”. Manager Arsene Wenger presented the player with the shirt.
The manager talked about his appreciation for the player and believes that overall he is underappreciated despite his talent.
“I think he’s been underrated because he is always focused, determined, strong in the challenge, has good vision, a top-quality left foot and is also a very good defender. He’s a very intelligent player on the pitch and breaking Ryan Giggs’ record is a remarkable achievement because it shows this guy has dedicated his life to the game,” Wenger said.
In his career, Barry has represented Aston Villa, Manchester City, Everton and West Bromwich Albion.