The exclusive 500 club adds a tenth member as Gareth Barry made his 500th premier league appearance against Newcastle United on Monday night. Barry is 32 years of age and has accumulated his appearances through playing football for Aston Villa (98-09), Manchester City (09-present) and Everton (13-on loan). With his 500th appearance Barry joins former Everton players Gary Speed and Phil Neville as well as the likes of Ryan Giggs, Frank Lampard and Jamie Carragher (full list below).
Gareth Barry is currently on loan at Everton from Manchester City until the end of the season, when he will become a free agent. Current Everton boss, Roberto Martinez has expressed his interest in keeping Barry at Goodison Park. “Gareth could be a very significant player for Everton for years to come,” Martinez was quoted as saying in The Daily Star newspaper. “When you see a player perform the way Gareth did on his home debut straight away, you see a perfect fit. And in football, the best decisions are the ones that are natural. His deal is a loan to the end of the season. Obviously it would be great if we can work with Gareth and he can become a really significant player and part of the history of Everton.”
The 2006-07 Aston Villa player of the season won the Intertoto Cup in 2001 with Villa, he then went on to win both the FA Cup (10-11) and the Premier League (11-12) with Manchester City.
In his 500 appearances in the Premier League, Barry has netted 47 times, had 92 bookings and been sent off just four times. During that time he has been capped 53 times by his national side, England.
The 500 Club:
|No.||Name||Barclays Premier League Clubs||Appearances|
|1||Ryan Giggs||Man Utd||623*|
|2||David James||Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham, Man City, Portsmouth||572|
|3||Frank Lampard||West Ham, Chelsea||557*|
|4||Gary Speed||Leeds, Everton, Newcastle, Bolton||535|
|5||Emile Heskey||Leicester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Wigan, Aston Villa||516|
|7||Phil Neville||Man Utd, Everton||505|
|8||Mark Schwarzer||Middlesbrough, Fulham, Chelsea||504*|
|9||Sol Campbell||Spurs, Arsenal, Portsmouth, Newcastle||503|
|10||Gareth Barry||Aston Villa, Man City, Everton||500*|