Gareth Barry thrills everyone by netting on his 600th Premier League appearance


Gareth Barry joined an exclusive club when stepping out on to the pitch for Everton as he made his 600th Premier League appearance.

And despite not being known for his goalscoring, the veteran midfielder made sure he marked the occasion in style, lacing the ball into Victor Valdes' net and equalising against Middlesbrough.

Just look at Barry here, in a classic England kit back in 1998. He's been around a while.

In fact, Barry has made more appearances in the league than a number of clubs to play in the division will have, with only 12 having played more than him.

The finish was extremely fitting too. No frills, he just got the job done. This trait has been persistent with Barry over the years, and can be seen strongly in his choice of hair over the years.

Only two players have featured in the Premier League more than the former Aston Villa and Manchester City player - Ryan Giggs and Frank Lampard. And while he may not create the excitement those two were known for, his consistency and longevity has to put him in a special place in English footballing history.

The best thing about seeing the 35-year-old score, though, was what happened afterwards. No sooner had the game kicked off than there was Alvaro Negredo running at the Everton defence. And who was there, right by his side, using his strength and experience to halt the attack? Barry, of course. A few minutes later, he'd end up in the referee's book. Classic.

The midfielder won the respect of people on Twitter.

Even from those, and there are many, he may have irritated over the years.

Congratulations Gareth.

Gareth Barry, England
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