As you will all have heard by now, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has retired from professional football.
The Chelsea legend has won it all at club level. With Chelsea he won three Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Europa League and, of course, the Champions League.
He achieved all these feats with John Terry by his side. The ‘Captain Leader Legend’ clearly understood the magnitude of such a day for Chelsea football club, and his Instagram post makes for heart-warming reading.
Recent years have seen football become commercialised to a ludicrous extent. Players can say little without it being morphed into some form of transfer speculation or rumour at a spat in the team’s camp.
This is why it’s so gratifying to read Terry’s post.
The sentiment is unmistakable, the affection real and the football greatness of the two players involved can’t be questioned. The near future will also see Terry retire and Stamford Bridge flattened and re-built in a different likeness.
With them gone Chelsea’s last on-field connection between the club and the pre-Roman Abramovich era. The era of Gianfranco Zola and Frank Rijkaard, Claudio Ranieri and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
The end of an age is beginning to ring around Fulham Broadway, and Terry’s post encapsulates it beautifully.
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@franklampard has today announced his retirement from football. The GREATEST player in the history of our great football club @chelseafc It was an absolute pleasure playing with you mate and seeing first hand the dedication and hard work you put in, on and off the pitch, the best trainer by a million miles every single day, inspiring me and everyone at the club. I miss you next to me in the dressing room and miss you grabbing a bag of balls after training when everyone went inside. You stayed out working on your finishing, 20 goals a year wasn't good enough for you, every year you wanted 25,30 goals I love that about you ⚽️👊🏻 I will miss you getting 4 cones and doing sprints after training 🏃🏻💨 setting the example for the kids in the academy. All the great memories together winning trophy after trophy year after year I will never forget 🏆 you have won everything and should be extremely proud. It's been my pleasure and honour to play and experience all those great moments with you. 648 appearances ( we nearly caught Peter Bonetti and Ron Harris 😜) 211 goals ⚽️ unbelievable achievement 👊🏻 A gentleman both on and off the pitch, leader in the dressing room and if I could choose one person next to me in the trenches it would be you. A great dad to your two beautiful girls and I'm proud to call you my mate Good Luck for the future, whatever you choose to do will be a huge success Love Ya Lampsy 💙 LEGEND HERO INSPIRATION + THE BEST EVER
Colm Egan, Pundit Arena