West Bromwich Albion midfielder Gareth Barry will tonight officially surpass Ryan Giggs as the Premier League’s all-time leading appearance holder.
Barry, who lined out for Aston Villa, Manchester City and Everton before making the switch to the Hawthorns this summer, has been plying his trade in the English top-flight since 1998, going on to make an astounding 632 appearances in the process.
He has long been regarded as the ideal professional upon which younger players should model themselves, with his career longevity having been attributed to his lifestyle, work-rate and will to win.
Barry, now 36, last week moved level with Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs for the most appearances made in the history of the Premier League, and, following his inclusion as part of West Brom’s starting XI to face Arsenal at the Emirates tonight, will shortly be the sole holder of the record.
— Premier League (@premierleague) September 25, 2017