With former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard bringing to an end a 21-year professional career, here are some interesting facts about the 38-year-old legend
Frank Lampard scored 211 goals in 649 appearances for the Blues, making him the club's all-time record goal-scorer. File Pic/AFP
Former England and Chelsea midfield star Frank Lampard retired on Thursday aged 38, calling time on a playing career that will be remembered as one of the Premier League's finest.
mid-day looks at some interesting facts of his life:
>> Frank played as a central midfielder for Chelsea and the England national team.
>> Lampard spent 13 years at Chelsea, winning three Premier League titles, two FA Cups, four League Cups and the Champions League and Europa League.
>> Lampard scored 211 goals in 649 appearances for the Blues making him the club's all-time leading scorer. Lampard's brace against Aston Villa in 2013 saw him overtake Bobby Tambling's total of 202 to become Chelsea's all-time leading goalscorer.
>> Lampard found the back of the net 29 times for the country and won 106 England caps.
>> Lampard became the first man to captain Chelsea to Champions League success in 2012.
>> Only two other footballers -- Ryan Giggs (632) and Gareth Barry (615) -- have made more English Premier League appearances than Lampard (609).
>> His total of 177 goals is the English Premier League's fourth highest behind Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney and Andy Cole.
>> With 41 goals, Frank has scored more from outside the box than any other Enlgish Premier League player.
>> Lampard scored against a record 39 different teams in the EPL.
>> With nine goals from the spot, no other England player has scored as many penalties as Lampard, excluding shootouts that is.
>>Frank began his career at West Ham United, for whom his father Frank Lampard, Sr had also played.
>>Frank’s uncle is legendary manager Harry Redknapp.
Lampard leaves behind a huge legacy
>>It was reported by Mensa that Frank showed an unusually high IQ score during neurological research carried out by the Chelsea doctor, Bryan English.
>>In February 2013, Frank signed a deal with publishers Little Brown to write his own series of children’s books called ‘Frankie’s Magic Football’, aimed at youngsters aged five and over.
>>His autobiography, Totally Frank, was published in August 2006.
>>Frank has two daughters with his former fiancee, Spanish model Elen Rivas.