Frank Lampard ended his glittering 21-year career back in February.
The former Chelsea star issued a statement in which he admitted he had received offers from Premier League clubs.
“After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer,” Lampard, who started his career at West Ham and played for Manchester City and New York City after leaving Chelsea, 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.
"I'm immensely proud of the trophies I've won, of representing my country over 100 times and of scoring more than 300 career goals."
A superb goalscoring midfielder, there are no doubt many managers who right now wish they had a player like Lampard.
Indeed, Jose Mourinho’s quotes following Lampard’s retirement speak volumes.
“I rate him one of my best players, one of my best friends in the game,” Mourinho, who managed the former England international at Stamford Bridge, said.
“It doesn't matter what he chooses for the rest of his life he is going to be successful. The direction he gives to his life, he will succeed.
“Best player, best friend. Top, top player.”
Lampard silenced the F2 Freestylers
Does Lampard still have it? The F2 Freestylers, who have shot videos with Steven Gerrard and Kevin De Bruyne, decided to find out in a shooting session with the Blues legend.
The video begins with the F2’s Jeremy Lynch doubting whether Lampard still has it.
“Frank, remember them swaz volley tekkers you used to have on smash back in the day?” Lynch asks. “Have you still got them?”
“Yes I do,” Lampard replies.
Lynch then questions Lampard.
“I don’t believe you have,” the freestyler says. “I can’t see it. You can’t do that much punditry, not play for that long and still have them tekkers on smash!”
He adds: “I’m doubting ya. I’m just putting it out there. I’m doubting ya.”
Lampard then proceeds to smash home a superb volley, causing Lynch to eat his words.
“Don’t doubt. Don’t doubt,” Lampard cheekily says.
“I mean there’s proving someone wrong and then there’s that. I stand corrected,” Lynch says.
Lampard may be 39-years-old but, clearly, he hasn’t lost it.
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