Chelsea legend Lampard retires
Frank Lampard retired from soccer on Thursday, ending a 21-year career in which he won every major honour at club level with Chelsea and established himself as the Premier League’s highest-scoring midfielder.
Renowned for his professionalism, work rate and the timing of his runs into the box, the 38-year-old Lampard will go down as one of the greats of the Premier League era.
In his time at Chelsea from 200114, he became the club’s record scorer with 211 goals, made 649 appearances and was the heartbeat of teams that won three Premier League titles, four Football Association Cups and the Champions League in 2012. He started out at West Ham before finishing his career with short stints at Manchester City and then New York City Football Club in North America’s Major League Soccer League.
Only strikers Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney and Andy Cole have scored more Premier League goals than Lampard’s 177, a total that includes 10 or more goals in 10 straight seasons for Chelsea. And only Ryan Giggs and Gareth Barry have made more Premier League appearances than Lampard’s 609.
Lampard also played 106 times for England.
“Whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life,” Lampard said in a statement on social media accounts.
Lampard will now study to become a coach, which would see him follow the path taken by his father, Frank Lampard Sr.
Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard says he is retiring from soccer and will study to become a coach.