There are not many midfielders out there in the English game that were better than Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, he was a midfielder who you didn’t want to defend against and his goalscoring record was one of the main reasons why he was so highly regarded.
In his time as a player, Lampard came up through the West Ham United youth academy and he also enjoyed a loan spell at Swansea City in 1995 before moving up to The Hammers first-team.
He made 187 appearances with the Clarets and Blues before making his life-changing move to Chelsea in 2001. He became the clubs leading goal scorer with 211 goals in 648 appearances leaving a huge legacy in English football.
In terms of his honors in football, he has had success in Europe and in England. He won both the Champions League and Europa League whilst also winning the Premier League three times and the FA Cup four times in a stunning English career.
Lampard has moved on from playing football. He has now turned to management starting off with Championship side Derby County where he led them to the play-off final where they, unfortunately, lost to Aston Villa 2-1, but a good start to his management career nonetheless.
What happened next did feel premature, but we all knew it was going to happen and that was Lampard returning to Chelsea as a manager.
He has had a decent start to life as The Blues head coach, they currently sit 4th in the Premier League and have been linked with various top-class players to boost their hopes of competing for the title next season.
Lampard carries on his impressive career, but what did everyone think of him as a player? We have put together some of the best quotes on Frank Lampard to find out exactly that.
Vinnie Jones – “The likes of Frank Lampard and John Terry at Chelsea, English players with proper status at a club, they’re going to be like the dodo bird. Extinct.”
Alan Shearer – “Lampard picks his head up and knocks it out to the wing.”
Caesar Azpilicueta on Lampard – “I could see every day in training sessions his mentality, his way of competing. When I arrived Chelsea had just won the Champions League and all the trophies before that, but he still had this ambition and this hunger.
“It was the same with Frank when he captained. It’s something that tells you a lot. They were winners. They wanted to win in every training session and every game.”
Martin Samuel – “What a player. What a man. What an absolute diamond of a footballer. The critics, the haters, they cannot touch Frank Lampard now. Not after last night. Not after that penalty. He won, they lost. He stood tall, they skulked in the background.”
Jose Mourinho quotes on Lampard- “Lamps is Lamps. When he plays well he is best in the game, when he plays bad, he is the second or the third best.”
Roy Keane – “If you’d asked me seven or eight years ago I would have said I wasn’t Frank Lampard’s biggest fan. But his all-round game has improved massively. He’s had to work at his game. I don’t think he’s been naturally the most gifted player in the world. From what I hear he’s a good one to practise and he’s improved to be one of the best midfielders in the world.”
Harry Redknapp defended Lampard and tells off a fan who says Scott Canham is better than Lampard- “I’m telling you now, he will go right to the very top. Right to the very top. ’Cos he’s got everything that is needed to be a top midfield player. His attitude is first-class. He’s got strength, he can play, he can pass and he can score goals. I couldn’t be more strong in how I feel about him.”
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John Terry about Lampard – “You talk about the Zolas and the best players to have played at the club, but for me he (Lampard) is the best. You can only single out two players to play consistently well and to score goals over the course of the last 10-15 years and that is him and Ryan Giggs. It’s incredible, to see the number of goals he’s scored at such a high level as well – Champions League goals, Premier League goals – and the hunger. It’s incredible, season after season to do what he’s done.”
Gary Lineker – “A fine player, an outstanding finisher and a credit to the game of football.”
Carlo Ancelotti – “A magnificent example of English leadership – when I see him on the field, it makes me happy.”
Alan Smith – “His longevity and the number of goals he scored from midfield was amazing. He is a fantastic professional as well.”
Phil Neville – “I think as a goalscoring midfielder, Frank was the best in Premier League history. You can’t take that away.”
Steven Gerrard – “Nobody deserves it [100 caps] more than Frank. He’s been tremendous for club and country. He’s a top player.”
Eden Hazard – “He is respected by everyone. You can’t help but learn from having players like Frank around you when you’re training and playing alongside him every day.”
Sven-Goran Erkisson – “He is one of the best midfielders in the world right now. I can think of almost no weakness in his game. He has tremendous energy, a complete range of passing, he can tackle and he scores more goals than most strikers.”
Avram Grant – “He’s a top professional, his training was very good, he’d always stay behind after training.”
Roy Hodgson – “Frank Lampard has been a superb representative of the English game, both as a player on the pitch and an ambassador off it. To reach in excess of 100 international caps is something very few professionals achieve and he is in exalted company. He has served the national team quite brilliantly during his 15-year international career.”
Mark Noble – “He has done everything in the game and won nigh-on everything, and I don’t think there will be another goalscoring midfielder like him.”
Didier Drogba – “Frank is the best midfield player that I played with, the most intelligent and efficient.”
Pablo Zabaleta – “For me, what makes Frank Lampard special is how professional he is in training. You see him at training: He is the first to arrive on the training ground and the last to go home.”
Editor of Vital Charlton and a passionate Charlton fan. Kieran has been involved in the Charlton press conferences and local newspaper News Shopper and has met with the Charlton manager Lee Bowyer on numerous occasions. He is a regular in the press box on matchdays and also reports on U-23 games.