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Frank James Lampard OBE is an English former professional footballer and kids’s author. He is the all-time leading goalscorer for Chelsea, where he played for 13 years, and is thought about by a number of reporters and football professionals to be among the greatest midfielders of his generation, in addition to being considered Chelsea’s greatest ever player by some Chelsea players, such as previous record goal-scorer Bobby Tambling and long-term colleague John Terry.
Lampard began his career at West Ham United, for whom his father Frank Lampard, Sr. had also played. He protected a place in the first team by the 1997– 98 season, and the following year helped the team finish 5th in the Premier League, their highest-ever Premier League positioning. In 2001, he transferred to rival London club Chelsea for ₤ 11 million. In 2014, he was released by Chelsea after 13 years of service. Lampard then signed up with New York City FC on a two-year deal, in preparation for the club’s Major League Soccer (MLS) debut in 2015, as a free transfer, but would play for Manchester City in the meantime. On 31 December 2014, nevertheless, BBC Sport’s David Ornstein exposed Lampard is under contract to Manchester City and not New York City as formerly declared by both clubs.
From his debut, Lampard was ever-present in the Chelsea first string and made 164 successive Premier League appearances, a record for an outfield player. He established himself as a prolific scorer at the west London club and was an essential part of the sides which won back-to-back Premier League titles in 2004– 05 and 2005– 06 and a domestic cup double in 2007. He signed a new contract in 2008, ending up being the highest-paid Premier League footballer at that time, and scored in his first Champions League Final that year. He won a second FA Cup winners’ medal in 2009, scoring the winning goal in the last. In the 2009– 10 season, Lampard helped Chelsea protect their first league and FA Cup Double, and also had his most prolific season with the club, scoring 22 league goals and 17 league assists. In 2012, Lampard captained Chelsea to their first UEFA Champions League success and a year later to their first UEFA Europa League title. He was released by the club after the 2013– 14 season.
A three-time Chelsea Player of the Year, Lampard is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer with 211 goals in all competitors. Lampard is among 7 players, and the only midfielder, to have scored 150 or more goals in the Premier League. He is second in the Premier League’s all-time assists table, behind Ryan Giggs. In 2005, Lampard was voted FWA Footballer of the Year and was runner-up in both the FIFA World Player of the Year and the Ballon d’Or. In 2010, he got the FWA Tribute Award. He has won 13 prizes in his career.
Globally, Lampard was topped 106 times by England since his debut in October 1999, and scored 29 worldwide goals. He was voted England Player of the Year for 2 consecutive years in 2004 and 2005. He played in Euro 2004, where he was named in the team of the tournament after scoring three goals in four games. He was top scorer for England in their 2006 World Cup certifying campaign with 5 goals, and dipped into 3 World Cups. He is England’s most prolific penalty taker with 9 goals, going beyond the previous record holders, Ron Flowers and Alan Shearer.
Since December 2015, he has actually been wed to television speaker Christine Bleakley. Lampard currently works as a team captain on the ITV sport panel show Play to the Whistle.