Chelsea star Frank Lampard has hailed his side's victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final as the best moment of his career.
The Stamford Bridge side beat the German giants on penalties, after a late Didier Drogba equaliser took the game to extra time. The win gave the Blues their first ever Champions League trophy, and after numerous near-misses and countless semi-final heartaches, Lampard believes it was worth the wait.
"It feels like the crowning moment of my career," said Lampard.
"The feeling of not winning it for so long almost makes it feel better. I've been here 11 years and I've been waiting for this baby for a long time."
The Blues midfielder described it as the 'best footballing night of my life' as the Chelsea team celebrated on Munich's home turf, the Allianz Arena. Bayern enjoyed long spells of possession and wasted numerous chances, but Chelsea dug in and Lampard praised the grit and determination showed by his teammates.
"The determination and spirit we have shown have been fantastic. The key players have been there a long time and we want to win, we are determined to win, in the dressing room we have a tough group," said Lampard.
The Blues midfielder praised Didier Drogba as an 'absolute hero' after the Ivorian bagged the equaliser before slotting home the winning spot-kick, and Lampard believes the Chelsea striker remains one of the best in the world.
"He [Drogba] is right up there among the great strikers, who score in finals and in the big games."
However, Drogba's contract runs out at the end of this season and the former-Marseille player is set to sit down with Chelsea executives to discuss a new deal.