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Frank Lampard: Chelsea legend

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Lampard turned 35 this week (©GettyImages)
Lampard turned 35 this week (©GettyImages).

If you hear the name Frank Lampard, you not only think of the man himself but also of the long line of accolades that he brings with him.

Thirty-five years ago this week, in Romford, another football gem in the form of Frank Lampard was to be added to this world.

This season is to be Frank's 12th season with Chelsea and at the mature age of 35 some doubters will be expecting it to be his last, but the Blues' No. 8 is far from finished.

Let's take a look at the achievements he has made over his footballing career so far.

Lampard has been Chelsea's top scorer in four different seasons: in the 2004/05, 2005/06, 2007/08, and 2011/12 campaigns - and for the 2006/07 FA Cup. Ordinary you may feel - what is the big fuss?

Well, remember that he is a midfielder. He is competing with strikers and beating them. His main role as a midfielder is not to score goals - that is what a striker is for, right?

Now the importance of these honours should come into focus. The achievements don't stop there, though.

He is Chelsea's all-time top scorer with 203 goals.

Yes, not even a striker has scored more goals than Frank for Chelsea. He is also the only player in Premier League history to score 10 or more goals in 11 consecutive seasons.

Lampard is one of seven players, and the only midfielder, to have scored 150 or more goals in the Premier League. He doesn't just score goals, though: he sets them up to. He is second in the Premier League's all-time assists table with 91 assists. 

For Lampard's international career, he has been capped 97 times for England and is their most prolific penalty taker. Frank has scored 29 international goals. He was also voted England's player of the year in 2004 and 2005.

Frank also holds all three UEFA club competition cups, having won the Intertoto Cup with West Ham United in 1999, plus the Champions League in 2012 and the Europa League in 2013 - both with Chelsea.

The latter two he also captained the team due to captain John Terry missing the Champions League final through suspension and the Europa League final through injury.

Frank has made it into many teams of the year and also made it into the World XI in 2005.

As far as team competitions go Lampard has won the following with Chelsea:

-FA Premier League 3 times: 2004/05, 2005/06, 2009/10

-FA Cup 4 times: 2006/07, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2011/12

-Football League Cup twice: 2004/05, 2006/07

-FA Community Shield twice: 2005, 2009

-UEFA Champions League once: 2011/12

-UEFA Europa League once: 2012/13

Frank was a bright young lad too, finishing school with 11 GCSEs which included an A* in Latin.

So, where will Frank's future take him?

"After I finish I don't want to be involved with football - not as a manager, coach, agent or in the media. I want to have a career after this. I don't want this to be everything."

 

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