Former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard has retired, bringing to an end a 21-year professional career.
Lampard, who won 106 caps for his country, left New York City FC in November after his contract expired. In a statement on his Facebook page, the 38-year-old said he had taken the decision to retire despite receiving “a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad”.
“After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer,” he wrote. “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.”
Lampard is also Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer, with 211 goals in 649 appearances, and captained the club in their greatest achievement – winning the 2012 Champions League final, when he played a pivotal role – and in the Europa League final the following season.
Lampard, an articulate and thoughtful player, will be in demand as a media pundit and a career in television is likely to some degree although there is an expectation in the game that he will see through gaining his coaching qualifications and consider moving into management.
He won 11 major trophies, including three Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2012. Lampard also won four FA Cups, two League Cups and the Europa League.
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