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Why is Frank Lampard a Chelsea legend?


Chelsea have named former midfielder Frank Lampard as their manager on a three-year deal.

The 41-year-old Lampard has left Championship side Derby County to take over at a club where he spent 13 years as a player.

Lampard led Derby to the Championship play-off final in his first season as a manager, they lost to Aston Villa.

He succeeds Maurizio Sarri, who left the Bridge to take charge of Italian champions Juventus.

Why is Lampard so revered? Let’s have a look…

Lampard signed for Chelsea from West Ham in June 2001 for £11 million. At that stage, it was the second-highest fee Chelsea had spent on a player and the most by any club in the Premier League for a midfielder.

He made his debut on 19 August 2001 against Newcastle. He stayed with Chelsea for 13 seasons until 2014.

The durable and reliable Lampard played 648 games for the club, 593 of them starts. Only three players have played more times for the club.

Lampard is Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer with 211 goals. He broke Bobby Tambling’s record when he netted his 203rd goal away at Aston Villa on 11 May 2013.

Lampard is also Chelsea’s all-time top-flight scorer. He hit the back of the net 147 times in the Premier League. He is also the top all-time FA Cup scorer with 26 goals and the second-highest scorer in Europe with 25 (Didier Drogba on 34).

At Chelsea, he reached double figures for goals in 10 consecutive seasons, and 20 goals or more in five seasons in a row. Incredible stats considering he is a midfielder.

UEFA Champions League: 2012

Premier League: 2005, 2006 and 2010

UEFA Europa League: 2013

FA Cup: 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012

League Cup: 2005 and 2007

FA Community Shield: 2005 and 2009

Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year: 2005

Premier League Player of the Year: 2005

Named in the FIFPro World Team of the Year: 2005

UEFA’s Most Valuable Midfielder: 2008

FIFA World Player of the Year runner-up: 2005

Ballon d’Or European Player of the Year runner-up: 2005

PFA Player of the Year runner-up: 2004, 2005 and 2006

Chelsea top scorer: 2004/05 (19 goals), 2005/06 (20 goals), 2007/08 (20 goals), 2011/12 (16 goals)

Chelsea Player of the Year: 2004, 2005 and 2009

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