Gareth Barry became the Premier League’s all-time leading appearance maker on Monday night when he turned out for West Bromwich Albion against Arsenal.
Indeed, 633 Premier League appearances saw Barry move ahead of Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs as the veteran midfielder made history at the Emirates Stadium.
Two of Barry’s former clubs – Aston Villa and Everton – have both paid tribute to the 36-year-old on social media, and the posts were certainly well received by the two sets of supporters.
On Tuesday morning, however, Villa went another step further in an article which argued that Barry was the club’s greatest player of all time.
As expected, the post brought a reaction from the Villa supporters, and it was not too positive as many argued that former centre-back Paul McGrath should be considered as the club’s finest ever player.
Barry made 365 of his 633 Premier League appearances at Villa, scoring 41 times in the process, but the now Championship club’s supporters do not agree that the midfielder is the best player to have ever pulled on the Villa shirt.
Blogservations: Is Gareth Barry our GOAT?
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) September 26, 2017
Since when did you spell @IanTaylor7 like that??
— Budgie (@ABudge_) September 26, 2017
— mr anteater (@marchanteater) September 26, 2017
… Brian Little? Peter Withe?, …
— Mike Hoxard (@MikeHoxard) September 26, 2017
No. Quiet clearly it’s @Paulmcgrath5
— DarryI Innes (@DarrylInnes) September 26, 2017
Your having a laugh he might just squeeze in the top 20 be ain't no where near the top 10 .
— STEVE WOODCOCK (@sjw88sjw) September 26, 2017
they say there are no stupid questions. I beg to differ 😂
— Neil (@AkUzEd) September 26, 2017
— scott woodfield (@ScottWoodfield1) September 26, 2017
— Ja'Crispy Oakley (@Gazoaks) September 26, 2017
No, McGrath not Barry
— LoveVilla #BRUCEOUT! (@av1_villa) September 26, 2017