Today In History: Lampard Calls Time On Playing Career At 38
Seven years ago on this day, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard announced his retirement from football at the age of 38.
Lampard started his career at West Ham United but enjoyed his most successful period at Chelsea, where he spent 13 years, and finished off at Major League Soccer side New York City FC.
He also spent a season at Manchester City towards the end of his career.
Lampard left Stamford Bridge as Chelsea's record goalscorer with 211 goals and won the Premier League three times, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the UEFA Champions League in 2012 and the 2013 Europa League.
Lampard finished his England career with 106 caps and 29 goals.
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."
“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.”