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Frank Lampard to end his 21-year long journey

It’s time to say good-bye to the England and Chelsea’s legend Frank Lampard who announced to end his 21-year long career on a high note, which saw him emerge as one of the greatest midfielders in the world and become the West London club’s highest ever goal-scorer.

Saying on his Instagram profile, Lampard made public his retirement plans, he said,

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.

Chelsea’s leading light, Lampard, began his career with West Ham United before coming to Chelsea in 2001. During his 13-year spell at Stamford Bridge, the Englishman was the keystone for much of the club’s success, winning the English Premier League three times. Moreover, he also managed to win two league cups and wins the FA Cup four times alongside the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League. Lampard was also a part of the famed ‘Golden Generation’ of English football in the mid-2000s and won 106 caps for his country.

With 177 goals he stands as fourth in the Premier League's all-time highest goal-scorers, behind only Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney and Andy Cole. To put that in context, the next most scoring goals midfielder is Liverpool’s outgoing legend Steven Gerrard in 16th. Now, only Rooney is the only highest-scorer left who is still playing for the club and country.

Lampard has third most appearances in the Premier League (609) after Ryan Giggs (632) and Gareth Berry (615) that makes him Premiere League’s legend and arguably one of the best midfielders of Chelsea’s history. Lampard also spent a year at Manchester City before going on to represent New York City in Major League Soccer. It is reported that the 38-year-old is eyeing a career as a manager.

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Frank Lampard to end his 21-year long journey

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