BREAKING NEWS: Frank Lampard announces his retirement
Former England and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from football.
Lampard, age 38, is Chelsea’s all time record goal scorer with 302 goals. He won the Champions League, Europa League, 3 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups and 2 League Cups with the London side in a very accomplished career.
Frank Lampard’s career
1019 games 🔵
302 goals ⚽️
3 Premier Leagues 🏆🏆🏆
4 FA Cups 🏆🏆🏆🏆
2 League Cups 🏆🏆
1 UCL 🏆
1 Europa League 🏆
Announcing his retirement via a lengthy Facebook post, Lampard wrote: “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.
“I’d like to pay tribute to the clubs that I have represented. Firstly, West Ham United who gave me my debut in 1996. Thanks to the people there that believed in me at that young age.
“More recently Manchester City and New York City FC. 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 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. 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.”