Gareth Barry signed his first professional contract with Aston Villa in February 1998. He had signed for the club alongside Michael Standing in a £150,000 deal from Brighton & Hove Albion. He made his Villa debut playing at centre back aged just 17 against Sheffield Wednesday. A natural left footer, Barry began his Villa career playing as the left sided central defender in a back three alongside Ugo Ehiogu and Gareth Southgate. He represented Aston Villa in their first FA Cup final in 43 years where they were beaten by Chelsea. Barry had a loan spell Eith Everton in the 2013-14 season.
Barry made his England debut in 1998 against Czech Republic at Wembley. He was always deemed .Mr Versatile. as he has played in nearly every position at Villa Park with the exception of goalkeeper! He came into real prominence under David O'Leary where he was given an advance midfield role. He was the engine room at Villa and the fans understood he was their leader.
He became the youngest player to reach 300 Premier League appearances in 2007 surpassing Frank Lampard of Chelsea. His inclusion in Steve McLaren's England side raised more than a few eyebrows but he was one of the star performers of McLaren's reign. He has made 18 full England caps under 5 different managers.
Barry won both Young Player and Player of the Year awards in his time at Villa. He made 322 appearances for the Midlands club netting 34 times. Gareth Barry then had spells at Manchester City and Everton.