Many football fans would agree Gareth Barry has always been somewhat underrated. Sure, the Everton midfielder has never been the most extravagantly gifted footballer, but you don’t get towards 600 Premier League appearances without being an effective player.
However, Roberto Martinez stating that Barry is up there with Sir Bobby Moore, Sir Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker and Bryan Robson seems just ever so slightly over the top.
Talking about his stand-in captain ahead of the defeat to Swansea, the Everton boss said:
“For me, he is one of the best English players ever. He could end up with 600 Premier League appearances this season. The way he behaves and the way he plays you can build a team around him.”
We could spend an awful lot of time trying to explain how the football world has reacted to this incredible claim. But thankfully, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry managed to do it all for us, in one split-second glance:
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