Frank Lampard retires from football

      

Frank Lampard retires from football

Picture: Александр Мысякин

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from football today at the age of 38.

The English midfielder, who finished his career at New York City, won 13 trophies in record-breaking 609 appearances over 13 years with Chelsea.

Lampard says that he has taken the decision to quit football despite having received “a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad.”

He wrote on his Instagram account: “After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer. I’m immensely proud of the trophies I’ve won, of representing my country over 100 times and of scoring more than 300 career goals.

Lampard proceeds to extend his gratitude towards the people that helped him throughout his career and says: “Of course, the largest part of my heart belongs to Chelsea, a club which has given me so many great memories. I will never forget the opportunity they gave me and the success that we managed to achieve together.”

Lampard joined Chelsea from West Ham in 2001 and scored eight goals in his first season at Stamford Bridge. He won his first trophy with the Blues in 2005, the same year he finished second only five votes behind Brazilian Ronaldinho for Ballon D’or.

He continues: “All I can say is from the day I signed until now and going forward, I’m eternally grateful for everything and to everyone. Chelsea fans gave myself and my teammates such incredible support. Their passion and hunger drove me on personally to give my best year after year. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Frank Lampard career statisticsFrank Lampard's Premier League statistics are impressive on their own.

The end his illustrious playing career however does not mean he is parting ways with football as Lampard has revealed he would go into coaching and would perhaps lead Chelsea out as their manager one day.

“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.”

 

 

Load More

Manchester United Bayern joins race to sign Liverpool and Man United transfer target

Manchester City Guardiola identifies Real Madrid target as potential Sterling and Sane partner

Manchester United Jose Mourinho wants Neuer to replace De Gea

Chelsea Chelsea close to signing 23-year-old Roma defender

Arsenal Aubameyang has rejected offers from two La Liga clubs in favour of Arsenal

Talking Points Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea: What the Statistics Say

Manchester United Luke Shaw praises Sanchez after two days of training together

Chelsea Will Chelsea offer Eden Hazard for Ousmane Dembele?

Chelsea Chelsea transfer boost: Vidal uncertain over his future

Liverpool Liverpool close to signing 18-year-old left-back from Falkirk

Arsenal Could Arsenal make a u-turn on Aubameyang and sign Mahrez instead?

Talking Points Arsenal vs. Chelsea: Three things to expect from the Carabao Cup semi-final

Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 27 59 72
2 Manchester United FC 27 32 56
3 Liverpool FC 27 30 54
4 Chelsea FC 27 26 53
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 27 28 52
6 Arsenal FC 27 15 45
7 Burnley FC 27 -3 36
8 Leicester City FC 27 -1 35
9 Everton FC 27 -14 34
10 AFC Bournemouth 27 -10 31
11 Watford FC 27 -10 30
12 West Ham United FC 27 -12 30
13 Newcastle United FC 27 -11 28
14 Brighton & Hove Albion 27 -14 28
15 Crystal Palace FC 27 -17 27
16 Swansea City FC 27 -17 27
17 Huddersfield Town 27 -24 27
18 Southampton FC 27 -12 26
19 Stoke City FC 27 -26 25
20 West Bromwich Albion FC 27 -19 20