Lam­pard Hangs up his Boots

The Economic Times - - Sports & Economy -

Samuel Lovett

For­mer Chelsea and Eng­land mid­fielder Frank Lam­pard has an­nounced his re­tire­ment from foot­ball af­ter 21 years as a pro­fes­sional player. The 38year-old en­joyed spells with West Ham United, Chelsea and Manch­ester City be­fore mov­ing to Amer­ica in 2015 to play for MLS side New York City. Lam­pard made more than 600 ap­pear­ances for Chelsea, win­ning three Premier League tro­phies and one Cham­pi­ons League ti­tle with the club. The mid­fielder also won 106 caps as an Eng­land player, star­ring in three World Cup tour­na­ments and two Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.

In a state­ment re­leased on his Face­book page, Lam­pard said: “Af­ter 21 in­cred­i­ble years, I have de­cided that now is the right time to fin­ish my ca­reer as a pro­fes­sional foot­baller. 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.

“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.”

“Of course, the largest part of my heart be­longs to Chelsea Foot­ball Club, 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.”

The player started his ca­reer at West Ham, his fa­ther’s for­mer club, join­ing the youth team in 1994. His de­but for the side came two years later against Coven­try City in Jan­uary 1996. Af­ter six sea­sons at the club, Lam­pard com­pleted his £11m move to Chelsea in June 2001 where he went on to es­tab­lish him­self as one of the coun­try’s greatest mid­field­ers. His club-record 211 goals helped the Blues win the Cham­pi­ons League, three Premier Leagues, four FA Cup, two League Cups, the Europa League and a Com­mu­nity Shield.

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