Premier League record-holder Gareth Barry retires

27 Aug 2020
Gareth Barry

Former Aston Villa, Everton, Man City and West Brom midfielder hangs up his boots after making 653 top-flight appearances

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Gareth Barry, the record-holder for the most Premier League appearances, has hung up his boots at the age of 39.

The midfielder played 653 matches in the competition, 21 more than Ryan Giggs in second, with Aston Villa, Manchester City, Everton and West Bromwich Albion.

Barry is retiring after 22 years as a player, having made his Villa debut in May 1998.

He won the Premier League title with Man City in 2011/12, while he racked up 53 goals and 64 assists in the competition.

An England international who earned 53 caps, his last match was for West Brom in an FA Cup tie against Newcastle United in March.

James Milner is the Premier League's leading appearance maker that is currently active in the competition, having played 538 matches for Leeds United, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Man City and now Liverpool.

See: All-time leading PL appearance makers

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