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Gareth Barry: Record-breaker, great Premier League survivor

Arsene Wenger was days away from winning the Premier League for the first time as Arsenal manager. Michael Owen was English soccer's latest player of the season. The original Ronaldo had a couple of months left as the world's most expensive player.

It was May 2, 1998, and in a fairly non-descript occasion at Hillsborough, Gareth Barry - a 17-year-old defender with floppy dark hair and already a cultured left foot - came on as a 49th-minute substitute for Aston Villa in its 3-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

A remarkable, if understated, career was born.


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