Former England and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard retired as a player on this day in 2017 after a stellar 21-year career.
Lampard, then 38, widely regarded as one of the Premier League’s all-time greats, announced his decision on social media after spending the previous year at Major League Soccer side New York City.
He said: “After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer.
What a career. Thank you, Frank. #SuperFrank pic.twitter.com/IjolD8EtWp
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2017
“Whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life.
“I’m immensely proud of the trophies I’ve won, of representing my country over 100 times and of scoring more than 300