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Premier League 433 43 Frank Lampard's greatest career moments 31831497 This one’s for mum, 2008 This+one%26rsquo%3Bs+for+mum%2C+2008+ Premier League

In the midst of Chelsea’s 2008 campaign, Frank Lampard suffered a personal tragedy as his mother succumbed to a bout of pneumonia at the age of 58. Missing Premier League matches against Wigan and Everton to sit at her bedside, many thought Lampard would also miss the second-leg of Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final against Liverpool. But only a week after his mother’s passing, Lampard pushed aside his personal sorrow, started the game and drilled home a penalty in extra time that propelled Chelsea to the 2008 Champions League Final.

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Premier League 433 43 Frank Lampard's greatest career moments 31834338 FA Cup winner, 2009 FA+Cup+winner%2C+2009 Premier League

In a game that many considered a guaranteed victory for Chelsea, Everton complicated matters when Louis Saha scored within the first minute of the game to put Everton ahead. This early goal set in motion a tense match in which both sides traded attempts at goal. Didier Drogba, Chelsea’s hero two years ago, equalized in the 21st minute, setting the stage for Lampard’s heroics in the 72nd minute. His game-winner handed Chelsea its fifth FA Cup trophy and second in three years.

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Premier League 433 43 Frank Lampard's greatest career moments 31834337 His greatest victory, 2012 His+greatest+victory%2C+2012 Premier League

While the success Chelsea had enjoyed with Lampard in the side was undeniable, a Champions League victory continued to prove elusive. In fact, coming into the 2012 Champions League, Chelsea had not managed to reach the final since 2008’s heart-breaking loss to Manchester United on penalties. Yet here they were, having disposed of Lionel Messi’s mighty Barcelona, facing a highly-favored Bayern Munich side… in Munich’s home stadium to boot.


Against all odds, Lampard captained Chelsea past the Germans in yet another penalty shootout. Lampard, of course, converted one of the spot kicks to help Chelsea erase the ghosts of 2008 and lift the club’s first ever Champions League trophy.
 

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Premier League 433 43 Frank Lampard's greatest career moments 31831241 Rising star Rising+star Premier League

In the midst of a surging career with West Ham United, Frank Lampard made his international debut with England in October of 1999 in a friendly against Belgium. As with most debuts, his contributions were minimal, but this first appearance helped kick-start an outstanding international career.

 

Fourteen years later, Lampard has made 97 appearances for England, scored 29 goals, and made significant contributions to a number of World Cups and European Championships. Read on to review Lampard's best moments.

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Premier League 433 43 Frank Lampard's greatest career moments 31831250 Making his stance Making+his+stance Premier League

Despite his England debut coming in the early part of his career, Lampard failed to cement his place with the Three Lions for a number of years, passed over for both the 2000 Euros and the 2002 World Cup.

 

Never one to cower in the face of pressure, Lampard focused on proving his worth, securing a move away from West Ham (pictured) to Chelsea. In 2003, Lampard broke his international duck against Croatia with his first goal for England. Lampard has been a steady presence in the England midfield ever since.

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Premier League 433 43 Frank Lampard's greatest career moments 31831242 Stamford man Stamford+man Premier League

While Lampard is now widely recognized as a Chelsea legend, his relationship with Chelsea supporters was not always so rosy. Moving to Chelsea from West Ham for £11 million in the summer of 2001, Lampard’s first few seasons with Chelsea were difficult, to say the least. Despite appearing in all of Chelsea’s matches during the 2001-2002 season, Lampard struggled to make a significant impact and was deemed an overpaid transfer bust by Chelsea fans.

 

Nevertheless, the criticism only served to fuel his work ethic, as Lampard improved considerably in the following seasons, culminating in his first personal honor with the club in 2004, when he was named Chelsea’s Player of the Year.

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Premier League 433 43 Frank Lampard's greatest career moments 31831251 Breaking through the scene Breaking+through+the+scene Premier League

By the 2004-2005 season Lampard had become a distinguished midfielder, recognized throughout Europe and the world for his talent on the pitch. Lampard was England's mifielder mainstay for majority of the past decade, helping the Three Lions earn World Cup qualifying berths in 2006 and 2010.

 

Still, Lampard’s Chelsea still had not managed to win a trophy despite several close calls. That all changed when Chelsea beat Liverpool in the 2005 League Cup final, ushering in an era of incomparable success for the club.

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Premier League 433 43 Frank Lampard's greatest career moments 31831244 Match-winner = FA Cup winner Match-winner+%3D+FA+Cup+winner Premier League

In a game that many considered a guaranteed victory for Chelsea, Everton complicated matters when Louis Saha scored within the first minute of the game to put Everton ahead. This early goal set in motion a tense match in which both sides traded attempts at goal. Didier Drogba, Chelsea’s hero two years ago, equalized in the 21st minute, setting the stage for Lampard’s heroics in the 72nd minute. His game-winner handed Chelsea its fifth FA Cup trophy and second in three years.

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Premier League 433 43 Frank Lampard's greatest career moments 31831245 Greatest victory Greatest+victory Premier League

While the success Chelsea had enjoyed with Lampard in the side was undeniable, a Champions League victory continued to prove elusive. In fact, coming into the 2012 Champions League, Chelsea had not managed to reach the final since 2008’s heart-breaking loss to Manchester United on penalties. Yet here they were, having disposed of Lionel Messi’s mighty Barcelona, facing a highly-favored Bayern Munich side… in Munich’s home stadium to boot.

 

Against all odds, Lampard captained Chelsea (pictured) past the Germans in yet another penalty shootout. Lampard, of course, converted one of the spot kicks to help Chelsea erase the ghosts of 2008 and lift the club’s first ever Champions League trophy.
 

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Premier League 433 43 Frank Lampard's greatest career moments 31831246 Goal barrier Goal+barrier Premier League

Having a distinguished career with a club is one thing, but climbing to the top of their all-time list of goal scorers is another thing entirely. Coming near the end of a difficult season, Lampard scored a brace for Chelsea in a Premier League match against Aston Villa. His 202nd and 203rd goals for the club, respectively, pushed him past Bobby Tambling and cemented his legacy as a Chelsea legend. Lampard’s two goals, it’s important to note, not only led to this great personal achievement, but it also guaranteed Chelsea’s place in next season’s Champions League.

 

Fortunately for Lamps, the fun didn't stop there. The former West Ham midfielder also accomplished a personal goal of sorts during England's recent to trip Brazil. Lampard, who captained the Three Lions to a 2-2 draw against the Selecao said, “In the name of the whole team, I’d like to thank you for the welcome we had here. We are very proud and honoured to have played this first match at the new Maracanã. Since our arrival here, we could feel the magic of Brazil and Rio de Janeiro”

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