Frank Lampard officially retires from football
Frank Lampard has officially announced his retirement from football put a halt to a great success story in football history.
Lampard has announced his retirement from football after winning three Premier League titles, two League Cups, the FA Cup four times, the Europa League and the Champions League.
He is the Chelsea’s all-time record scorer with 211 goals and is the only midfielder to score more than 150 goals in the Premier League.
Lampard came through the youth ranks at West Ham under uncle Harry Redknapp.He joined Chelsea in 2001 for £11million from West Ham and became one of the Chelsea legend.
He made his England debut against Belgium in 1999.He won 106 caps and scored 29 goals for his country but he was not rewarded with trophies.
“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.”
“West Ham United gave me my debut in 1996. Thanks to the people there that believed in me at that young age. More recently Manchester City and NYCFC. I greatly enjoyed my last playing years at these two clubs and really appreciate the support I received from City Football Group and both clubs’ fans. Of course, the largest part of my heart belongs to Chelsea, 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. 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 teammates 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 wrote in his Instagram.