STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Former Chelsea, England midfielder Lampard retires at 38

In his time at Chelsea from 2001-14, he became the club's record scorer with 211 goals, made 649 appearances and was the heartbeat of the club.

Published: 02nd February 2017 07:14 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd February 2017 07:14 PM   |  A+A-

This Saturday May 19, 2012, file photo shows Frank Lampard holding the trophy at the end of the Champions League final soccer match between Bayern Munich and Chelsea in Munich. | AP

By Associated Press

Frank Lampard retired from soccer on Thursday, ending a 21-year career in which he won every major honor 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 penalty 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 2001-14, 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 FA 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 FC in Major League Soccer.

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.

Such was his impact at Chelsea that in 2005, the year the London club won the Premier League title for the first time under Jose Mourinho, he finished runner-up behind Ronaldinho in the voting for FIFA's World Player of the Year award.

"Of course, the largest part of my heart belongs to Chelsea, a club which has given me so many great memories," Lampard said. "I will never forget the opportunity they gave me and the success that we managed to achieve together."

Although he scored 29 goals — including nine penalties — for England, he couldn't transfer his success at club level to the international stage. Successive coaches failed to find the right balance in the team's midfield as attack-minded players Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Paul Scholes fought for spots in central midfield.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp