clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Gareth Barry is in the 2017 Guinness Book of World Records

New, comment

What record does the midfielder now hold?

Everton v Swansea City - Premier League
Gareth Barry
Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Everton stalwart Gareth Barry has entered the 2017 Guinness Book of World Records along with fellow Premier League player Petr Cech. Barry is now the holder of the Most starts for a Premier League football (soccer) player record, having broken goalkeeper David James’ mark of 571.

The midfielder has over 600 appearances for Aston Villa, Manchester City and Everton, and is only behind Ryan Giggs and Frank Lampard on that table. He made his 572nd start against Sunderland, and has since also started against Middlesbrough, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Czech goalkeeper Cech has played for Chelsea and now Arsenal, and his 181 scoreless games gives him the record for Most clean sheets in the Premier League by a football (soccer) goalkeeper, breaking another mark previously set by the unfortunate James.

In an interview with Guinness World Records, Barry spoke about his longevity and what drove him, including a particularly cautious piece of advice from his mother.

Barry then went head-to-head against Cech in a tough quiz based on record-holding footballers who currently play or have played in the English top flight.

As mentioned towards the end of the video above, Barry also holds the indubitable record of having been handed the most yellow cards in Premier League history, with nary a challenger in sight who will break that mark.

Most Yellow Cards in the Premier League