On June 14 2001 a young Englishman named Frank Lampard made a move across London from home-town club West Ham for £11m and has since become a Chelsea legend.
His Chelsea career has been glittered by the amount of records been broken and the trophies been won, an inspirational captain for club and country these are his top 10 Chelsea career moments.
10. Being named Chelsea Player of the Year in 2004
It’s fair to say when Lampard joined from West Ham he was not an instant hit with the fans like he is now, but with sheer hard work and determination he has turned into one of England’s best ever players and played a vital part in Chelsea's first Premier League title win in 2004. He scored what he calls his most important goals against Bolton at where he hit a dramatic second-half double to bring the title to Stamford Bridge.
9. Scoring the Penalty to take Chelsea to their first Champions League final
The week after the tragic loss of his mother was a game of such importance: Chelsea against Liverpool. With the first leg being a 1-1 draw and the aggregate score locked at 2-2 on the night, Chelsea where awarded a late penalty. It’s fair to say Chelsea fans wouldn’t have been disheartened not to see their star man take the spot kick, but he did and sent the Liverpool keeper the wrong way with an emotional celebration: pointing his arms to the sky in memory of his mum and the support of his team-mates. It truly was a magical night.
8. Winning his first trophies at Chelsea
A Premier League and League Cup double for the Englishman in 2004, but it was the League Cup final that came first - and, naturally, he played an important role: forcing the own goal that took the game to extra time with Chelsea ending up 3-2 winners on the night. It was the start of many trophies and records for Lampard
7. Being named Footballer of the Year in 2005
He scored the goals that won Chelsea the title at Bolton and scored 17 others in the process in what was a great season for the midfielder who was quite rightly recognised for his achievements by being named Footballer of the Year after falling short to Arsenal's Patrick Viera the season before.
6. Scoring his 200th Chelsea goal
If it was going to happen it had to be against West Ham, didn’t it? A typical Frank Lampard goal as he ghosted into the box, wriggled through the West Ham defence leaving him isolated to get his head on the end of a superb Eden Hazard cross to power into the back of the West Ham net.
5. Setting up the winning goal in the FA Cup final in 2007
A tedious game that looked like it was going to go to penalties with both defensives keeping each other from really knocking on the door.
Chelsea had a moment that seemed to be a brief spell of flicking the ball up to each other because they didn’t know what to do with it; the cup final Wembley specialist Didier Drogba latched onto one of the flicks and did the same to Frank Lampard, who returned the ball to feed Drogba to chip it over Edwin van deer Star.
4. Winning the first Premier League and FA Cup double with Chelsea
Another title win and another prolific season for Frank Lampard as he scored 27 goals and 22 in the Premier League to help Chelsea hit 103 - a Premier League season record.
He scored the penalty to make it 2-0 in a game that finished 8-0 on the final day of the season to reclaim the title to Stamford Bridge. Lampard unfortunately missed a penalty in the FA Cup final that would of sealed an extraordinary game that saw Chelsea hit the woodwork four times and Portsmouth miss a penalty in the first half. The winner came from Chelsea's cup final specialist Didier Drogba courtesy of a free-kick.
3. Scoring the winning goal in the 2009 FA Cup final
Chelsea set a record they did not want in the 2009 FA Cup final against Everton when they conceded the fastest goal in the history of the competition. But once again Didier Drogba scored at Wembley to equalise for the Blues, while 20 minutes to go in the match Lampard turned Phil Neville and unleashed a fierce strike on his unfavoured left foot which nestled into the back of the net.
He celebrated with the same celebration that was used by his father when he scored at Wembley for West Ham.
2. Captaining Chelsea to Champions League glory
May 19 2012, the biggest night in Chelsea's history. With captain John Terry sent off in the semi-final in the Nou Camp, it was up to Frank Lampard to lead with example and the armband for the night, where he was a true leader tracking back and forth all night, blocking shots, making clearances and creating chances as well as scoring a typical Lampard penalty in the shoot-out which resulted in him lifting the trophy.
1. Scoring the goals that won the title
Chelsea went to the Reebok Stadium as big favourites to lift the Premier League title that day, they did ride their luck in the first half and where lucky to go in at the break without having conceded but after half time came out with energy and excitement.
After a few flicked headers Frank Lampard got past the last defender and scored the opening goal for the blues on the hour. With Bolton pilling on the pressure he latched onto a superb Claude Makelele ball and rounded Jussi Jaaskelainen to seal the game and the title.
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