Chelsea’s all-time top goal scorer Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 38.
Frank Lampard enjoyed a dazzling 21-year playing career and became one of the most reputable players in Premier League history. He won three Premier League titles during his 13-year spell at Chelsea and also won 4 FA Cups, 2 League Cups and the Champions League and Europa League.
The former England international graduated from West Ham’s famous academy in 1995. Fellow teammates Joe Cole, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick also played in the hammers’ highly credited youth system.
He spent six seasons with West Ham, scoring 39 times in 187 appearances in all competitions. Lampard switched from West Ham to Chelsea in June 2011 for a fee of £11 million.
Lampard featured in every Premier League game during his first three seasons at Stamford Bridge. He won two consecutive titles in the 2004/05 and 2005/06 season under Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho.
The Champions League continuously eluded the former West Ham midfielder but he finally fulfilled his dream in May 2012. Lampard scored in the penalty shoot-out Champions League final win against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
In May 2013, Lampard scored a brace against Aston Villa to exceed Bobby Tambling’s goal scoring record, to become Chelsea’s all-time top goal scorer. He left Stamford Bridge in 2014 to join MLS franchise New York City.
He also spent a season-long loan at Manchester City, scoring his first goal against Chelsea in September 2014. After two mixed seasons in the MLS, Lampard announced his departure from the United States.
Overall, Lampard scored 274 goals in 913 club appearances in all competitions during his 21-year playing career. He represented England at five major international tournaments and scored 29 goals in 106 caps.
He’s confirmed that the FA are allowing him to complete his coaching badges. This suggests he’s planning a future in coaching and is preparing to remain a key figure in professional football.
John Terry hails Frank Lampard as Chelsea’s greatest ever player
Former teammate and Chelsea captain John Terry has hailed Frank Lampard as Chelsea’s greatest ever player. The pair played together for Lampard’s entire 13-year stay at Chelsea and were also part of England’s golden generation.
Lampard’s retirement shortly follows the retirement of fellow England international Steven Gerrard. The former Liverpool legend has started his coaching career with the club’s youth squad and it will be interesting to see whether Lampard will be set to head in a similar direction.
He’s also revealed that several clubs offered him the opportunity to prolong his playing career. Swansea City manager Paul Clement also stated he’d been one of the managers attempting to lure Frank Lampard back into the professional game.
Lampard made 9 appearances for Swansea during a loan-spell in the 1995/96 season, scoring his first senior goal at the Welsh club. Lampard finished his Premier League career with 609 appearances and he’s also currently the fourth top goal scorer in Premier League history.
The Story of Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard joined West Ham’s academy in 1994 and signed his first professional contract in 1995. His uncle Harry Redknapp was the club’s first team manager and his father Frank Lampard Snr. was assistant manager.
Lampard graduated from an academy, which also produced other English talents, such as Joe Cole, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Jermain Defoe and Michael Carrick.
He made two appearances from the bench in his debut season and also made 9 appearances, scoring once at Swansea City on-loan. Lampard became a first-team regular and finished his six-year spell at West Ham with 187 appearances and 39 goals.
He won the 1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup with West Ham and helped them to a fifth-place finish in the 1999/2000 season. Redknapp left the club along his Lampard’s father in May 2001 and he swiftly followed with a move to Chelsea for £11 million in June 2001.
The former England international represented England’s under-21s on 19 occasions between 1997-2000. He made his international debut in 1999 but was overlooked for the selection of the Euro 2000 and 2002 World Cup squads.
Lampard featured in all of Chelsea’s Premier League fixtures during his first three seasons at the club. He won his first major trophy when Chelsea won their first Premier League title under Jose Mourinho in the 2004/05 season. Another followed in the next season but he’d have to wait until 2010 for his next and last title.
The Champions League always eluded him, after scoring in Chelsea’s final defeat to Manchester United. However, in May 2012, Chelsea beat Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the final.
Lampard captained Chelsea in both of their Champions League and Europa League wins in 2012 and 2013 respectively. He became the club’s all-time top goal scorer in May 2013, scoring a brace against Aston Villa to eclipse Bobby Tambling’s record of 202 goals.
He finished as Chelsea’s season top goal scorer on 5 occasions and also won the Premier League Player of the Season award twice. He finished second in the Ballon D’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year vote in 2005.
Manchester City signed Lampard on a season-long loan for the 2014/15 season, despite him agreeing to move to MLS franchise New York City. His first goal was scored against former club Chelsea and he finished his last season in the Premier League with 38 appearances and 8 goals.
New York City would prove to be his last adventure in his professional playing career. He scored 15 goals in 31 appearances and announced his departure along with fellow former Premier League stars Steven Gerrard, Didier Drogba and Robbie Keane.
Lampard made 609 Premier League appearances, with only Ryan Giggs and Gareth Barry featuring in more games. He’s also currently the fourth top goal scorer in Premier League history with 177 goals.
The 2014 World Cup saw one of the most controversial moments in international football history. Lampard’s long-range effort bounced off the crossbar and over the goal line when the score was 2-1 to Germany. The goal was disallowed and the Germans went onto win the match 4-1.
He finished his international career in 2014, after scoring 29 goals in 106 caps for England. Lampard represented his national team at 5 major tournaments, playing at Euro 2004, 2006 World Cup, 2010 World Cup, Euro 2012 and 2014 World Cup.
The 38-year-old finished his career with a total of 274 goals in 913 club appearances. He also created some magical moments in English football and was one of the key faces of the Premier League during the 2000s.