Chelsea leg­end Lam­pard re­tires

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - STEVE DOU­GLAS

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.

SANG TAN, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

For­mer Chelsea mid­fielder Frank Lam­pard says he is re­tir­ing from soc­cer and will study to be­come a coach.

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