Lampard Hangs up his Boots
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.