After 21 years of a successful football career that can only be described as great, Frank James Lampard has finally pulled the plug on his footballing career. For many the old-school boy who joined West Ham in 1994 under the management of his uncle Harry Redknapp and the shadow of his father Frank Lampard Sr will not be remembered.
But it’s for sure many will remember the Lampard that joined Chelsea in 2001 at a £ 11 million move from West Ham and marked his place in the history books of football mainly at Stamford Bridge and at the 3 Lions’ Wembley home.
Lampard spent 13 memorable years at Chelsea in which he won 11 major trophies (3 Premier league, 1 Champions league, 4 FA Cup titles,2 League Cup titles and Europa Championship) he also made 649 appearances for the blues and ranks 3rd highest in Premier League appearances of 609 behind Ryan Giggs with 632 and Gareth Barry at 615.
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With more appearances came more goals, Lampard is the 4th highest premier league scorer with a tally of 177 only all-time greats Allan Shearer, Wayne Rooney and Andy Cole have scored more. He left the blues in 2014 for MLS side New York City as and still is the club’s record goal scorer with 211 goals in all competitions.
Lampard holds the Premier League record for most goals scored outside the box with a tally of 41 as he has scored against 39 different teams and also holds the record for most penalties scored excluding shootouts of 9.
One of the elements that made Lampard a legend was his unwavering tremendous performances from season to season. Lampard managed to score 10 or more premier league goals for 10 successive seasons as he reached a landmark of 22 in the 2009-10 season that saw Chelsea lift the silverware.
He was among the squad that claimed Chelsea’s first premier league trophy of the century in 2005 under the management of current Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho. A campaign that he contributed 13 goals to and also managed to maintain Chelsea’s title defense next season with 16 goals.
It’s hard to describe Frank as only a skillful player but also intelligent. Lampard was one of the most intelligent football players of the century as an evaluation done in 2009 by the Chelsea team doctor Brian English revealed Lampard as the most intelligent Chelsea player. He had an IQ score that was above 150 (which puts him 10 points below Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein at 160).
There is no doubt that football will miss Lampard, but maybe not for long as he has his focus on a coaching role.
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