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Frank Lampard, A Premier League Staple

Numbers and Stats that make Frank Lampard a Legend

On Thursday, February 2, 2017, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard announced his retirement from playing professional football.

The 38-year-old took to his official Instagram account on Thursday morning to call time on his illustrious 21-year playing career, and thanked everyone from his family, friends, football managers, coaches and fans for their unwavering support throughout his time on the pitch.

In a lengthy statement 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 have many people to thank. I thank my parents for instilling in me the values of hard work, dedication and professionalism, values which I have carried with me in everything that I do. I am forever grateful for the support of my family, my wife Christine and my two daughters Luna and Isla. What you have given me off the pitch has always been my strength on it. I love you all very much.

“Also, my friends and my own team that have always been there for me. I would like to thank the amazing team-mates, coaches, managers and backroom staff that I was privileged to work with. I’d also 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 NYCFC. 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, 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 teammates 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.”

Following his Retirement, it was only fitting that premierleague.com gave a rundown of Frankies stand-out records

When Frank Lampard made his debut for West Ham United in 1995/96, few could have predicted it would be the start of one of the most illustrious Premier League careers.

Here we look at the numbers that show why he is a Premier League legend.

Lampard is one of only three players to make 600 Premier League appearances, and lies third in the all-time list after Ryan Giggs (632) and Gareth Barry (615).

Longevity aside, Lampard is the highest-scoring midfielder in the competition, with 177 goals. Only three strikers, Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney and Andrew Cole, outscore him.

Frank Lampard, West Ham

Lampard scored 24 goals in 148 PL appearances for West Ham

Of his 177 goals, 147 came at Chelsea, where he won three titles in 13 seasons. Only three players have scored more PL goals for a single club.

Lampard was the first player to score at least 10 goals in 10 successive Premier League campaigns, between 2003/04 and 2012/13, returning a season’s best 22 goals in 2009/10.

Frank Lampard, Chelsea

Forty-one of Lampard’s Premier League goals came from outside the area

But it was not only the quantity of goals that earned Lampard his status.

He also scored 41 PL goals from outside the penalty area, the highest tally for a player in the competition.

Also, only Shearer (56) scored more penalties than Lampard’s 43.

Another Premier League record of his is that he scored against 39 different opponents in the competition.

His favourite were Aston Villa, against whom he scored 13 times, including four in March 2010.

That four-goal display was the second time Lampard managed that feat, one of only eight players to do so in the Premier League, after scoring four times against Derby County two years earlier

Lampard also impressed with his creativity. In 2004/05, he provided 18 assists, a tally only Thierry Henry (20, in 2002/03) and Mesut Ozil (19, in 2015/16) have exceeded.

In total, only Giggs (162) produced more PL assists more than Lampard’s 102.

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