Frank Lampard Retires: Football World Reacts to Chelsea Legend’s Retirement

Frank Lampard has retired from professional football, with both his teammates and rivals praising his illustrious career.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

Frank Lampard has retired from professional football, bringing an end to an illustrious 21-year career after a spell in Major League Soccer with New York City.

Lampard, best known for the 13 years he spent with Chelsea, announced that he was hanging up his boots in an official statement. “After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer,” the former England captain said. “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.

“Looking forward, I’m grateful to the FA for the opportunity to study for my coaching qualifications and I look forward to pursuing the off-field opportunities that this decision opens.”

Lampard’s announcement was met with a widespread show of respect from those in the football world, with everyone from teammates to rivals praising the legendary midfielder.

Lampard also posted his own message to his supporters on Instagram:

Very proud of my husband today 💙@franklampard

A post shared by Christine Lampard (@christinelampard) on

Lampard retires as a three-time Player of the Year for Chelsea, with him also being the club’s all-time top goalscorer with 211 goals in all competitions. He’s also the only midfielder to have scored 150 or more goals in the Premier League, with him also having garnered 106 caps for England and more than 300 goals for both club and country.

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