With the end of the Premier League season, fans of the competition will be aware of the departure of Steven Gerrard form Liverpool, one of the greatest players to play in England.
However, one such departure which has gone slightly under the radar is that of Frank Lampard.
The former Chelsea man is heralded as one of the best ever players to play for Chelsea where he was one of the main players who achieved so much success. With his move to Manchester City this season, his leaving to the MLS has gone rather unnoticed and discussed when compared to Steven Gerrard.
Lampard has been one of the most consistent players to ever play in the Premier League. With Chelsea he has won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, a Champions League and a Europa League.
Lampard is also the top goalscoring midfielders of all time in the Premier League with 177 goals surpassing Gerrard who is second with 120. Lampard's career has been illustrious and he has deserved every title and accolade he has received.
Lampard deserved a better send-off
It is unfortunate that such a fantastic player has not gotten the send-off he possibly deserved. Although he is highly thought of in Manchester by the fans, his teammates and coaching staff, Lampard's true club was always Chelsea.
For him it would have been an unfortunate series of events which saw him being let go by the London club before the beginning of the 2014/15 season. Lampard was unable to bow out of his Chelsea career with a trophy which will have most certainly hurt.
The decision taken by his former club not to renew his contract seemed at the time a dubious decision for many considering what he had done and helped achieve for the club.
With hindsight we can analyse the situation and now that Chelsea have being crowned Premier League champions the decision would appear to have been fair. It cannot be underestimated however just how important Lampard has been for Chelsea in his time there.
The Premier League is facing a new era where some of its best ever players are now moving to different pastures. Both Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have been wonderful servants to English football.
They have also contributed to some of the greatest moments fans of football have seen. Both are shining examples to the youth of the league and their loyalty to each others' clubs is a trait which may not be as common moving into the future.
Lampard is a proper Chelsea legend
Chelsea and Mourinho will feel that they have replaced Lampard and their winning of the Premier League proves that. However, for a club to be able to call one of their players a "legend" will not be as easy.
Lampard on so many occasions was the hero for Chelsea and he was always a top professional. With his outstanding goal scoring record arguably it will be difficult for any midfielder to achieve such a feat due to the many transfers and lure of playing in other leagues around the world. It will be a major feat to accumulate the amount of games playing for one club in today's world.
With Lampard and Gerrard bidding farewell to the Premier League it should also be remembered that Chelsea's Didier Drogba also bid his farewells. Drogba and Lampard were two of the major components to one of English footballs greatest teams which saw them winning the Champions League in 2011/12.
Drogba, Lampard and Gerrard will be sorely missed by the Premier League fans. These players were the identity and face of the respective clubs and it will be no easy task for Manuel Pellegrini, Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers to replace them.
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