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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard becomes fourth inductee into Premier League Hall of Fame

The England international was the Premier League's Player of the Season following Chelsea's 2004/05 title-winning campaign.

Frank Lampard file photo, Image credit: Twitter
By Amruth Kalidas | May 19, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has become the fourth player to be inducted into the new Premier League Hall of Fame. The honour recognizes players who have shown an exceptional record of on-pitch success and have made important contributions in the division since its creation in 1992.

The midfielder joins Manchester United great Eric Cantona as the second player voted in by fans from a 23-man shortlist. This comes after after the league’s all-time leading scorer Alan Shearer and Arsenal hero Thierry Henry were named as the two inaugural inductees last month.

Despite plying his trade as a midfielder, only four men have scored more than Lampard’s 177 Premier League goals. Those four are Shearer, Wayne Rooney, Andy Cole and Sergio Aguero – all strikers.

The Englishman began his career at West Ham and went on to make over 600 top-flight appearances. Most of those came for Chelsea, before he ended his career at Manchester City.

Lampard was a key part of the Chelsea side which, under Jose Mourinho, broke the Arsenal-Man United stronghold of the division. They won back-to-back titles in 2004/05 and 2005/06 and established themselves as a force in England.

The Blues’ all-time leading goal scorer was named Premier League Player of the Season during the 2004/05 title campaign. He also went on to win the title for a third time in 2009/10.

LAMPARD’S REACTION

Frank Lampard said: “As a young lad I remember just wanting to make it in to the West Ham team. And looking up to players like Roy Keane, Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry so to be mentioned in the same bracket as them is a real honour. I am very proud and thankful for the recognition.”

After his playing career, Lampared went into management. He coached Derby County for a season in 2018-19 before being named Chelsea’s head coach in 2019.

He was, however, sacked from his position in early 2021.



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