One of the greatest goal-scoring midfielders of our generation has retired from football this week, after clocking up more than 600 club appearances in a career lasting twenty years. After being released from MLS side New York City last year, Frank Lampard finally decided to call it a day, despite reports that many English clubs were interested in signing him. In his final press conference the England midfielder stated that “Whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life. “I’m grateful to the Football Association for the opportunity to study for my coaching qualifications and I look forward to pursuing the off-field opportunities that this decision opens.”
Frank Lampard began his career at Premier league side West Ham where he went on to make over over 140 appearances and scored 24 goals. Whilst he went on to play for four different clubs, he will always be remembered for his time at Chelsea, where he won 11 major trophies including a European cup, three premier league titles and four FA cups. Not only was Frank Lampard the lynch-pin of the most successful Chelsea side in history, he also went on to become their record goalscorer, scoring an incredible 211 goals in his time with the club. Tributes to Frank Lampard flooded in this week, with pundits praising the midfielder’s longevity and incredible playing career in the top flight. Jamie Redknapp, likened the player to a magnet, saying that “whenever the ball was in the box he’d be drawn to it’.
It is not known what Frank Lampard plans to do once he’s finished his coaching qualifications. However football fans are keen to see him remain in the game and there is bound to be a number of clubs interested in acquiring his services should he wish to go into management at some point in the future. For now we should simply put our hands together and applaud one of the game’s true greats. Frank Lampard, you will be missed.