Frank Lampard OBE is a former English professional footballer, England International, pundit and football speaker. Lampard is the all-time leading goalscorer for Chelsea where he played for 13 years and is considered by a number of journalists and football experts to be one of the greatest midfielders of his generation. In addition to this claim, Lampard is also regarded as Chelsea’s greatest ever player by some Chelsea players, such as previous record goal-scorer Bobby Tambling and long-term teammate and fellow football speaker, John Terry. Following his retirement from playing, Lampard has become an incredibly sought after football speaker and draws huge crowds and attention at any event at which he speaks.
Lampard began his career at West Ham United, for whom his father Frank Lampard Sr. had also played. He secured a place in the first team by the 1997–98 season and by the following year helped the team finish fifth in the Premier League, their highest-ever Premier League placing. In 2001, following his consistently impressive performances Lampard moved to rival London club Chelsea for £11 million.
From his debut, Lampard was ever-present in the Chelsea first team and made 164 consecutive Premier League appearances, a record for an outfield player. Frank established himself as a prolific scorer at the West London club and was a key part of the sides which won back-to-back Premier League titles in 2004–05 and 2005–06 and a Domestic Cup Double in 2007. Lampard signed a new contract in 2008, becoming the highest-paid Premier League footballer at that time and he also scored in his first Champions League Final that year. Winning a second FA Cup winners’ medal in 2009, Lampard scored the winning goal in the final.
In the 2009–10 season, Lampard helped Chelsea secure their first Premier League and FA Cup Double while also enjoying his most prolific season with the club, scoring 22 league goals and recording 17 league assists. In 2012, Lampard captained Chelsea to their first UEFA Champions League success and a year later to their first UEFA Europa League title. The victory in the UEFA Champions League is certainly a highlight of Frank’s career and is therefore always spoken of during his performances as a football speaker, to this day, many years on from the glorious day, Lampard’s pride and excitement remain and are infectious during his performance.
A three-time Chelsea Player of the Year, Lampard is the club’s all-time top goalscorer with 211 goals in all competitions. Frank Lampard is one of seven players and the only midfielder to have scored 150 or more goals in the Premier League while also being second in the Premier League’s all-time assists table, behind Ryan Giggs. In 2005, Lampard was voted FWA Footballer of the Year and was runner-up in both the FIFA World Player of the Year and the Ballon d’Or, a quite remarkable achievement and a testament to his magnificent performances. In 2010, Frank Lampard received the FWA Tribute Award and has won a staggering 13 trophies in his career.
In 2014, Frank was eventually released by Chelsea bringing an end to 13 illustrious years of service. Lampard then joined New York City FC on a two-year deal, in preparation for the club’s Major League Soccer (MLS) debut as a free transfer, but would play for Manchester City in the meantime. Lampard famously scored the winning goal against his former club in a crucial Premier League however refused to celebrate as a mark of respect to his former club and its fans. On 31 December 2014 however, BBC Sport’s David Ornstein revealed Lampard was under contract to Manchester City and not New York City as previously claimed by both clubs, a controversial finding and topic that is often brought up when Lampard works as a football speaker.
Internationally, Lampard was capped 106 times by England since his debut in October 1999 and scored 29 international goals. He was voted England Player of the Year for two consecutive years in 2004 and 2005. Playing in Euro 2004, Frank was named in the Team of the Tournament after scoring three goals in four games. The top scorer for England in their 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign with five goals, Frank Lampard played at three World Cups and is England’s most prolific penalty taker with nine goals, surpassing the previous record holders, Ron Flowers and Alan Shearer.
Following his retirement from playing, Lampard has turned his attention to punditry and media work. Frank has served as a team captain on the ITV sport panel show Play to the Whistle and has been married to television presenter Christine Lampard (née Bleakley) since December 2015. Frank is also a regular pundit for BT Sport covering a number of games and his analysis and opinion is incredibly well respected due to his standing within the game.
A footballing icon and Chelsea legend, Frank Lampard will forever be remembered as one of the greatest midfielders England has ever produced. An incredibly popular footballing personality with a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with guests and event attendees, Lampard’s highly decorated and distinguished career has produced many fascinating and entertaining tales and anecdotes that Frank shares during his performances as a football speaker. A rare opportunity to gain an insight into a modern day English footballing legend, Frank Lampard OBE is available to hire as a football speaker and is certain to be a fantastic addition to any event.