Barry breaks Giggs’ Premier League appearance record

Gareth Barry

Gareth Barry broke Ryan Giggs’ Premier League appearance by captaining West Brom against Arsenal on Monday.

The 36-year-old midfielder was given the captaincy in honour of making his 633rd Premier League appearance and surpassing the mark set by legendary Manchester United winger Giggs.

“It’s obviously a nice moment,” Barry told Sky Sports ahead of the match.

“I’m very proud to reach this number but like anything I try to put it to the back of my mind and concentrate on the game of football.

Asked if the special moment would affect his performance, he said: “No I won’t be thinking about it at all, once we’re out there it’ll be the job as normal.”

Barry made his Premier League debut for Aston Villa on May 2, 1998, at the age of 17, coming on as a substitute in a 3-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

While he came close to joining Arsenal on two occasions, he instead went on to play for Manchester City, winning the Premier League title with the Citizens in 2012.

Barry also boasts 53 England caps, and after 21 seasons in the Premier League, Barry says he hopes to play for four more years at least, at which time he would be 40.