Frank Lampard has announced an end to his 21-year playing career. The 38-year-old had accumulated over 100 England caps and became the fourth highest goalscorer in Premier League history.
Following a post on social media yesterday, a flurry of tributes have poured out for the former Chelsea midfielder, with many quick to highlight the trophy-laden career which many players can only dream of.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2017
Lampard finished his career following his two-year spell in Major League Soccer, where he was signed to New York City FC for their inaugural season in the top flight of American football.
Whilst the London-born midfielder was unable to hit the lofty heights he had set for himself in his tenure the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, he was able to notch 15 goals in 31 appearances for The Pigeons.
- Only Ryan Giggs (632) and Gareth Barry (615) has more Premier League appearances than Lampard (609)
- His total of 177 Premier League goals is the fourth highest of all-time, only bettered by Alan Shearer (260), Wayne Rooney (195) and Andrew Cole (187)
- Lampard has scored against 39 of the 47 different Premier League teams to take part in the competition since its inception in 1992.
There were offers on the table for Lampard to continue playing, including Swansea City of the Premier League who were keen to bring back the midfielder following a brief loan spell in 1995, but he decided to bring his playing career to an end, with a clear inference towards coaching in his announcement.
He said on his Instagram: “Looking forward, I’m grateful to the FA for the opportunity to study for my coaching qualifications and I look forward to pursuing the off-field opportunities that this decision opens.”
With 106 England caps and 29 goals Lampard wasn’t just a Premier League icon, he was one of England’s most decorated footballers, which brought him his adoration and success.
Speaking with people in Nottingham, this is what some football supporters had to say on Lampard’s career: