Frank Lampard: Chelsea legend was admired by Lionel Messi, Jose Mourinho’s ‘best ever’ and ‘phenomenal’ according to Manchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson
- June 4, 2020
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The Chelsea boss, who turns 42 on June 20, was unquestionably one of the finest midfielders of his generation.
Beginning his career in east London, Lampard would make his name at West Ham from 1995 to 2001, scoring 24 goals in 148 matches in his six years at Upton Park.
But, as we all know, it was at Chelsea where he would blossom into a true great of the game.
Following his £11million switch to Stamford Bridge, Lampard would make 648 appearances for the Blues in 13 years at the club.
He won everything in English football in the most successful period of the club’s history, with a remarkable Champions League triumph in 2012 perhaps the biggest achievement of his glittering career.
Undoubtedly the Blues’ greatest ever player, Lampard is one of seven players, and the only midfielder, to have scored more than 150 goals in the Premier League, whilst he also recorded the fourth-most Premier League assists ever.
And when he was released by the club in 2014, most knew it was only a matter of time before Lampard returned to the club in some capacity.
It happened quicker than many expected, with the ex-England playmaker handed the reigns at Stamford Bridge last summer.
Before coronavirus brought football to an unprecedented halt, it had been a solid first season in charge for the fresh-faced manager, with the Blues sitting in a respectable fourth even without spending a penny in the last two transfer windows.
But what do those who played with and against Lampard say about his exceptional quality? talkSPORT.com takes a look…
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