They're called facts though mate. He is and was, period.
I agree with you 100% but the same phrase over and over is annoying in any context. How about these alternatives once in while:
Everton's most successful captain
The Everton captain to have lifted the most trophies
Wales and Everton captain
The captain of Everton's most successful European side
The captain who lifted the trophy for Everton in Rotterdam
Tough-tackling centreback who captained Everton to four trophies
Back to back league winner, FA Cup winner and European Cup Winners Cup winner........ ok that is a bit of a mouthful!
I'd just like to see more thought and variety put into it. Maybe it's not important to anyone else.