Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from football at the age of 38. Here are some of the stats which mark him out as one of the finest to ever pull on the famous blue shirt…
The midfielder left Stamford Bridge in 2014 and has since represented Manchester City and New York City, before leaving the US club and calling time on his playing career. But despite those two spells and starting his career at West Ham United, it is Chelsea that he will always be associated with after 13 fantastic years in west London.
If there’s any doubt over the huge impact he had on the Blues, just check out the figures from his time here. The numbers don’t lie!
Frank overtook Bobby Tambling as Chelsea’s leading scorer in 2013 after netting a brace against Aston Villa to surpass his tally of 202. He left the Bridge a year later having extended that record.
Lampard’s haul of major trophies as a Blue is surpassed by few: one Champions League, three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, one Europa League.
That Champions League trophy came on an incredible night in Munich. Having already become the first Chelsea player to net in the final of Europe’s premier club competition when we lost the 2008 edition to Manchester United, he then became the first man to captain us to the trophy.
Only John Terry, Peter Bonetti and Ron Harris have made more Chelsea appearances than Lamps. That he brought up his tally in just 13 years is simply remarkable.
Of course, he was aided by a run of four years without missing a Premier League game between October 2001 and December 2005, which is a record for any outfield player.
We won our first top-flight title in 50 years when Lamps’ brace at Bolton helped us to the victory which secured the Premier League in 2004/05.
As well as all of his goals for Chelsea, he found the back of the net 29 times for England and was also on target for West Ham United, Manchester City and New York City to surpass the 300-goal mark in his career.