Lampard retires - and Carragher finally admits his grudging respect

Alyssa BaileyFeb 03, 2017

The Chelsea legend, who won every major club honour during his time at Stamford Bridge, has called time on his career after considering his options after leaving New York City at the end of the last MLS season.

The midfielder said he was looking forward to the "next chapter" of his life after turning down "a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad".

"After that - at Chelsea the goal that broke the goalscoring record at Aston Villa". Chelsea fans gave myself and my teammates such incredible support. The resonance of his achievements will reverberate for many more years to come, and rightly so.

It was Chelsea, naturally, that Lampard reserved some special words of thanks in his statement.

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Lampard joined Chelsea in 2001 and left in June 2014 after a stellar career shared with Terry. I couldn't have done it without them.

The ex-West Ham United, Chelsea and Manchester City man announced that he's calling time on his playing days on Thursday morning.

He scored against a record 39 Premier League opponents.

Lampard's best season for assists was in Chelsea's 2004-05 title-winning campaign.

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Lampard's global career was very underwhelming in comparison to his Premier League achievements, and it is particularly remarkable that he failed to score in 10 appearances for England across three World Cups. And with England he netted 29 goals in 106 caps.

Congratulations on an incredible career.

Even Lampard admitted many of his contemporaries at youth level were more gifted, but few could match his desire for improvement and, under Mourinho, he went to finishing school, learning the tactical discipline and mental strength required to succeed at the highest level.

And he retired from global football after his involvement in the 2014 World Cup, when England were dumped out at the group stage.

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Redknapp was in charge of West Ham when Lampard made his first team debut back in 1995 and hailed the midfielder as the best trainer he ever saw.

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