Liverpool veteran James Milner has been presented with a personalised Nike boot to mark his achievement of reaching 500 Premier League games.
The 33-year-old midfielder celebrated the exceptional achievement in Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Bournemouth last month.
Milner joins an exclusive club of only 12 other players who have managed to reach 500 Premier League matches, with names such as Gareth Barry and Ryan Giggs at the top of the charts.
To celebrate Milner’s stunning achievement, Nike sent him a special white boot featuring the badges of all the teams he has represented.
The boot has the crests of Leeds, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Liverpool with the Premier League logo stitched onto the front with ‘500’ above it. A sketch of Milner kicking the ball can also be seen on the heel.
A commemorative plaque was also included which read: ‘James Milner, here’s to 500 and counting… Many congratulations, Nike’.
In his appreciation message to Nike on Twitter, the former England international declared he still has plenty more miles in the tank. He wrote: “Huge thanks to Nike for this special boot… very proud to have played 500 Premier League games wearing Nike for some great clubs… and I’m not finished yet.”
He is one of just four players in the division’s history to play more than 100 games for three different clubs – the others being Rory Delap (Derby, Southampton and Stoke), Gary Speed (Leeds, Newcastle and Bolton) and Barry (Aston Villa, Manchester City and Everton). Milner represented Villa, City and Liverpool in a century of games.
During his lengthy career, Milner has won two Premier League titles with City as well as the FA Cup in 2011. He was named PFA Young Player of the Year for 2010 and featured in the Team of the Year at the end of the same season at Villa Park.