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Former England and Manchester City star Gareth Barry announces retirement from football aged 39

The Premier League’s record appearance holder Gareth Barry has officially retired from football at the age of 39.

Barry, who played an astonishing 653 times in the Premier League, featured for Aston Villa, Manchester City, Everton and West Brom during a distinguished career.

During his long-serving career in the top-flight, Barry netted 53 goals and produced 64 assists. 

The midfielder also featured 53 times for England between 2000 and 2012, scoring three goals in total.

The 39-year-old started off his senior career at Villa back in 1998, playing 441 matches for the club before departing for City in a £12million deal in 2009.

After moving to the Etihad, Barry went on to make 175 appearances for City, netting eight times and producing 18 assists.

And it was at the Etihad where Barry enjoyed most of his success, lifting the Premier League during the 2011-12 season and the FA Cup in 2011. 

Following five years in Manchester, Barry’s next move was to Everton in 2014 after an initial loan spell at Goodison Park where he featured another 155 times in all competitions. 

During his time at Goodison Park, the former England star won Everton’s Player of the Season during the 2015-16 campaign.

And Barry’s final spell as a player came at West Brom where he played between 2017-2020 – finishing his career with six appearances to his name during their promotion-clinching season. 

Following his retirement on Thursday, many of his old clubs paid tribute to the veteran. 

Aston Villa wrote on Twitter: ‘441 appearances, 52 goals and more than a decade of service at Villa Park. Wishing Gareth Barry all the best in his retirement, and congratulations on a wonderful career!’

Meanwhile, the Baggies wrote: ‘An extraordinary, record-breaking career. All the best in retirement, Gareth Barry.’

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