Over a 100 games, 300+ goals and over 10 titles; Frank Lampard’s career was nothing short of phenomenal and with the Chelsea and England legend hanging up his boots, English football has seen the end of an era with Steven Gerrard having done the same a while back.
Everyone would be busy wondering what’s next for Lampard? Maybe a coaching role, a TV pundit; but let’s leave that for later and cherish the man’s most amazing moments from his illustrious career:
1) Maiden title win with victory over Bolton
Chelsea hadn’t tasted Premier League success for long and just when the Arsenal invincible were ruling the roost in the league, Chelsea turned it around and bagged their first title in 50 years. The title was Lampard’s first and it came courtesy of the man himself as he netted a brace against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium to clinch the title.
It was April of 2005 and Lampard struck a powerful shot past Jaaskelainen at the hour mark for Chelsea’s first and doubled the Blues’ lead a while later on the break to seal the win on the night and embark Chelsea’s name on the EPL trophy and his’ in history of the club.
He completed a tally of 19 goals that season and helped Chelsea win the EPL and FA Cup double the following season (2006-07) as well.
2) Almost Kissing the Ballon d’Or
Just before Lampard had won his maiden title with Chelsea, he gave account of what he was capable of in the previous season (2004-05), finishing the season with just not recognition in the region having won a PFA and FWA Premier League Player of the Year double but was also a name at the World stage.
Lampard finished second only to superstar Ronaldinho in the FIFA Player of the Year and Ballon d’Or voting, finishing above the likes of Samuel Eto’o, Thierry Henry and Steven Gerrard, giving weight to claims of him being a top player.
3) Captaining Chelsea to Champions League in 2012
It was a cold night in Moscow in the May of 2008. Two English giants in Chelsea and Manchester United had reached the final of the Champions League and the clash was touted to be nothing short of enthralling. And as it panned out, it was no disappointment. Lampard scored the equalizer for Chelsea before hitting the post in extra time but the penalties turned out to be disappointing for the Blues.
Come 2012, there was chance of redemption but Bayern Munich were the side to beat and were between the title and Chelsea.
Chelsea looked down and out but Drogba scored a late equalizer to send the game into extra time and further into penalties. Lampard scored a penalty to help Chelsea win the Champions League.
4) Chelsea’s record goalscorer
It was the 2012-13 season. Lampard was on a goal-scoring spree and looked likely to threaten the Chelsea goal-scoring record books and as the campaign almost reached the end, Lampard broke Bobby Tambling’s record with a brace in a 2-1 win over Aston Villa.
With this brace, Lampard netted his 202nd and 203rd goal for the club, beating Tambling’s tally of 202 goals.
It was a curling finish from an Eden Hazard ball that helped Lampard with his 1st goal while it was the duo again combining later in the game to help the Englishman reach the landmark figure.
5) The 100 club for England
It was England’s World Cup qualifier against Ukraine in 2013 and though the game didn’t hold much significance, yet got into the history books for being Frank Lampard’s 100th English cap.
With this appearance, Lampard joined the elite “100 club” of England, joining the ranks of Peter Shilton, Wayne Rooney, David Beckham, Gerrard, Bobby Moore, Ashley Cole, Bobby Charlton and Billy Wright.
You will be badly missed legend!