Lampard retires - and Carragher finally admits his grudging respect
Frank Lampard announced his retirement from professional football on Thursday, bringing an end to an illustrious career spanning 21 years.
The former England, West Ham, Chelsea, Manchester City and New York City midfielder is best remembered for his 13 years at Stamford Bridge, during which time he won 11 major honours.
Lampard's club-record tally of 211 goals helped Chelsea to three Premier League titles, the Champions League, the Europa League and six domestic cup triumphs.
He won 106 caps for his country, and Thursday's announcement prompted former team-mates and rivals alike to pay tribute - with Liverpool's Jamie Carragher even having a few nice words to say about his old adversary.
After all those Chelsea battles & Frank Lampard now retiring, I can finally admit the respect I had for him & that he was a great player!
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 2, 2017
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2017
— England (@England) February 2, 2017
Huge congratulations on retirement Frank Lampard. One of the hardest working players that talked the talk and walked the walk
— Trevor Sinclair (@trevor8sinclair) February 2, 2017
100 - Frank Lampard is one of three players to record both 100+ goals & 100+ assists in PL history (also Ryan Giggs & Wayne Rooney). Elite. pic.twitter.com/Fq8sgP1fsy
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 2, 2017
— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 2, 2017
— Lothar Matthäus (@LMatthaeus10) February 2, 2017
UEFA club appearances 132
Goals 29 ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/bL7SPA8K0x
— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 2, 2017
Football is filled not only with rivalries, but also with indelible memories. Thanks, Frank Lampard, for your contributions to the game! pic.twitter.com/r64JyTgvPM
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 2, 2017
Congratulations to Frank Lampard on an incredible career!
He's announced his retirement from playing, aged 38 pic.twitter.com/zzE0sFIctU
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) February 2, 2017
Happy retirement, Frank Lampard!
— Premier League (@premierleague) February 2, 2017