Frank Lampard announces his retirement from soccer

Frank Lampard, the box-to-box midfielder who made his mark for years for Chelsea, Manchester City, NYCFC and England, has retired from the game at 38.

Lampard made 649 appearances for Chelsea, and earned 106 England caps in an illustrious career.

From his statement:

“Whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life.

“I’m grateful to the Football Association for the opportunity to study for my coaching qualifications and I look forward to pursuing the off-field opportunities that this decision opens.”

Lampard won 11 major trophies, including the Champions League in 2012 and three Premier League titles, and was vital in Chelsea’s greatest ever run of success.

Only Ryan Giggs and Gareth Barry have made more Premier League appearances than Lampard. His total of 177 Premier League goals is fourth all time, trailing only Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney and Andy Cole.

Lampard joined NYCFC in 2015, and scored 15 goals in 29 appearances for the club.