Gareth Barry’s fifth Premier League appearance of the 2017-18 campaign took him onto 633 overall, seeing the 36-year-old become the all-time leading appearance maker in the Premier League.
The record-breaking match proved to be Monday night’s fixture between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates, with Barry being handed the captain’s armband for the Baggies.
The experienced midfielder made 365 of his Premier League appearances at Aston Villa, before spells at Manchester City and latterly Everton, who he represented for five seasons.
Indeed, Barry made 131 Premier League appearances during a successful spell at Everton before leaving the Toffees to join West Brom during the recent transfer window.
As expected, Everton followed Villa in posting their own tribute to Barry on social media, and the club’s supporters were out in force to hail the experienced midfielder.
Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs had been at the top of the list for some time, but Barry is now out on his own as the veteran looks to set a potentially unbeatable record.
— Everton (@Everton) September 25, 2017
Wish we had signed him a few years earlier than we did
— Joe Ainscough (@Joe_A_95) September 25, 2017
Top man and real pro. Was a pleasure to see him in the royal blue shirt #oneGarethBarry
— Ste the H ⚽️🥊 (@StetheH) September 25, 2017
The main fella✊
— Michael (@greenallefc) September 25, 2017
Well done Gareth lad. Well deserved!
— Ed_King14 (@XxKKRulesxX) September 25, 2017
We got the best years out of Barry. So underrated. Class act on and off the pitch!!
— Tom Danson (@tdanson88) September 25, 2017
Not many types of players like him left now top pro on and off the pitch great career
— Liam Swayne (@swaynester) September 25, 2017
I love that man. Legend.
— Stephen Leary (@MrEverton1878) September 25, 2017
Fantastic pro and decent man, highlighted by his handling of Diego Costa at GP when the red mist descended.
— Paul Tollet (@PaulTollet) September 25, 2017
Well done Gareth class act you’ll take a lot of catching
— Mike Lucas (@mikey111063) September 26, 2017