Frank Lampard, the Chelsea legend, took to social media to announce that he is retiring, bringing an end to his 21 year career.
Lampard explained that he is content with his accomplishments and ready for the next chapter in his life.
“After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer,” he said on his Instagram page.
“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 career goals.”
He thanked his former clubs West Ham, Manchester City, and NYCFC and then paid tribute to Chelsea, where he spent the majority of his career.
“Of course, the largest part of my heart belongs to Chelsea, a club which has given me so many great memories,” he said.
“I will never forget the opportunity they gave me and the success that we managed to achieve together. It is impossible to give thanks individually to all the people that helped and supported me in my 13 years playing there.
“All I can say is from the day I signed until now and going forward, I’m eternally grateful for everything and to everyone.”
He thanked the FA for the chance to pursue an opportunity to coach, and added that he is eager to pursue “off-field opportunities.”
Frank Lampard won 11 major trophies. Three Premier League titles, the Champions League in 2012, four FA Cups, two League Cups and the Europa League. He leaves the game with more than 300 goals – 211 of which came as a Chelsea player, making him the club’s all-time leading scorer.