Former England and Chelsea midfield star
Frank Lampard said he was retiring Thursday
at the age of 38 after turning down “a
number of exciting offers” in Britain and
“After 21 incredible years I have decided that
now is the right time to finish my career as a
professional footballer,” Lampard, Chelsea’s
record goalscorer, wrote on Facebook.
“I’m immensely proud of the trophies I’ve
won, of representing my country over 100
times and of scoring more than 300 career
Lampard did not say what he plans to do
next, but said he was grateful to the Football
Association for the opportunity to do his
coaching badges, suggesting he may go into
Lampard left New York City FC in the autumn
and also played for West Ham United and
Manchester City in the Premier League.
But it was at Stamford Bridge where he really
made his name as a prolific midfielder.
He scored 211 times for the Blues and won
every major club honour, netting the goals
which in 2005 secured the club’s first
championship title in 50 years.
“Of course, the largest part of my heart
belongs to Chelsea Football Club, a club
which has given me so many great
memories,” Lampard wrote.
“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
“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
“Their passion and hunger drove me on
personally to give my best year after year. I
couldn’t have done it without them.”