Frank Lampard, one of the greatest midfielders in Premier League history, has announced his retirement from football. David Smith showcases the stats which confirm Lampard’s status as one of the great modern midfielders…
Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from football.
The 38 year old enjoyed a hugely successful career which saw him play for West Ham, Chelsea, New York City FC, Man City and England, and will be remembered as one of the great English midfielders.
“After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer,” he said.
“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,” he added.
“I will never forget the opportunity they gave me and the success that we managed to achieve together. It is impossible to give thanks individually to all the people that helped and supported me in my 13 years playing there. All I can say is from the day I signed until now and going forward, I’m eternally grateful for everything and to everyone. Chelsea fans gave myself and my team-mates such incredible support. Their passion and hunger drove me on personally to give my best year after year. I couldn’t have done it without them.
“Looking forward, I’m grateful to the FA for the opportunity to study for my coaching qualifications and I look forward to pursuing the off-field opportunities that this decision opens.”
Lampard will be remembered as one of England’s great midfielders, and his stats speak for themselves.
Frank Lampard in numbers:
913 career appearances
649 Chelsea appearances
300 career goals
211 Chelsea goals (all-time record)
177 Premier League goals (fourth highest in Premier League history).
106 England caps
102 Premier League assists
41 Premier League goals from outside the box (more than any other player)
39 – He has scored against a record number of Premier League teams
32 penalties scored
29 international goals
11 major trophies
10+ league goals from midfield in 10 consecutive seasons
5 Premier League PFA Team of the Year inclusions
4 FA Cups
3 Premier League titles
3 Chelsea Player of the Year awards
2 England Player of the Year Awards
2 League Cups
1 Champions League
1 Europa League
1 FIFA Player of the year Silver Award (2005)
1 Ballon d’Or Silver Award (2005)
1 UEFA Midfielder of the Year (2008)
0.24 goals per game
The stats don’t lie…