Frank Lampard – a Legend that will never EVER be forgotten.

Frank Lampard - a Legend that will never EVER be forgotten.
Frank Lampard – a Legend that will never EVER be forgotten.

Frank Lampard – Chelsea’s answer to Zinedine Zidane. That would’ve also made a great title, but I decided to stop at the original one…

Yes, I personally think that in the last 15 years only one man is a better midfielder than Frank Lampard in the whole world and that’s Zizou. Throw Giggs, Scholes, Gerrard, even Beckham, Xavi or Iniesta in my face – I will keep calm and tell you than IN MY OPINION Frankie is better than them all.

A brilliant box-to-box midfielder, who started his career in West Ham United. And thank God for that because back then their manager was Harry Redknapp. Love him or hate him, Harry is one of the best managers in the world. Sure, he may be managing the team I hate the second-most (qphaha) but he’s still one of the best out there.

In 1996, Harry passionately defended a teenager who people have barely heard of. His name – Frank Lampard. Many people believed that a lad named Scott Canham was a better player. However, so far in his career Frankie has scored (and by ‘so far’ I mean in January 25th, 2013) perhaps one goal or more for every appearance Scott Canham has ever made on the football pitch. And Harry was spot on back then. He said that ‘there will be no comparison of what Frank Lampard will achieve in football and what Scotty Canham will achieve in football…’ – and boy, was he right. One of the things he said later on in this interview: ‘Didn’t want to say this in front of him, but he will go RIGHT TO THE VERY TOP’ – hats off. 17 years after that interview, Frankie has become probably Chelsea’s biggest legend of all time. He won trophies, a huge amount of them, he’s been through great and bad times. But he’s won it all.
Sure, some haters will say ‘He didn’t win the UEFA Super Cup.’ – yeah, so what? So what if Atletico Madrid won it? So what if Barcelona have won it? Piss off with your pathetic Super Cup – it’s the Champions League that matters. And boy, was Frankie happy to finally get that trophy in his hands and proudly kiss it…

However, the question now is…is it time to move on?

Believe me when I tell you this – whenever I think of Frank Lampard leaving Chelsea, I feel like crying. Yes, I’m a grown up, a 20-year-old man, who feels like crying just because a football player may be leaving a football club. And I’m not embarrassed to say it.

Iconic: Lampard
Iconic: Lampard

Frank Lampard has been an icon, he’s been a symbol. There hardly is ANY football fan in the world in the last 7-8, even 10 years, who hasn’t heard of Frank Lampard. I remember when I was about 10 years I loved going to this school that was exactly a minute from where I lived. There was a small football pitch – no grass, of course, it was a stone surface with two goals. I’m not ashamed that I played by myself and I commentated out loud (what do you expect, I was a freaking kid!) whenever I scored a goal – ‘FRANK LAMPARD SCORES AGAIN!’ – believe it or not, back then I had a t-shirt with the number 8 on the back of it (It wasn’t even a football shirt, I swear) and I was like ‘Chelsea’s number 8 has scored a fantastic goal! Frank Lampard!’. Can you actually blame me for that? Frankie has always been a role model, even back then in 2003.

But enough with my childhood, let’s get to the point – has Frank Lampard’s time in Chelsea come to an end? Believe it or not – I suppose it has. Yes, I said it. It took me some courage to write it but I believe it is time for Frankie to move on. NOT NOW! But in the summer. And God bless him, I pray that he’ll score 8 more goals – penalties, free-kicks, I don’t care. I really hope that he breaks Bobby Tambling’s record of 202 goals for Chelsea. If he breaks that record (and I’m sure he will), that will be a fantastic ending to one of the best fairy tales, love stories, etc. in the world.

Why is it time to move on? Frankie is still useful? Yes, yes, I agree – this season it’s been proven that sometimes all that it’s needed is Frankie to be on the pitch and the team will win. However, sadly, good things always come to an end, and even with Frankie on the pitch the team sometimes struggle to even get a point. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not blaming Frankie for that. Hell no. But he’s part of the team and he also needs to be blamed. Of course, he’s almost 35 years old and (don’t throw that ‘Giggs and Scholes are 40 but still play’ garbage in my face!) he, naturally, has lost most of his abilities. Sure, his presence is vital but it’s time to make way for the Young Guard (I just made that up..). He will be missed, just like Didier is missed. But we have many players in the midfield, unlike the striker position, so Frankie’s ‘presence’ (I hate to say only Frankie) will be replaced somehow. Sooner or later players like Mata, Hazard, Oscar, even David Luiz (believe it or not I think he can become one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the world, he just needs discipline)  will become the icons of Chelsea. Mata’s ahead of them all but let’s just say the rest are catching up fast. Not to mention that Mikel has been in the CDM position for some time now and that even Oriol Romeu, Ramires or David Luiz himself will also become top class holding midfielders. That’s the Young Guard I’m talking about. Frankie will be proud, I promise you this. I hope (and I believe) that he will return to Chelsea to help them youngsters develop and become almost as good as him.

So yes – I believe that after the season ends Frankie will leave Chelsea for a few years to finish his career (*tears rushing into eyes*) somewhere else but mark my word – he will come back to help the team – not by playing, but by just being there.

Frank Lampard – a Legend that will never EVER be forgotten.

Thank you for reading.

@boboluiz – twitter.

  1. Anonymous says

    m sure il cry wen twl b said at da end of da season in CHELSEA official website dat SUPER FRANKIE LAMPS is leaving CHELSEA!!!!!

  2. Anonymous says

    That is the most beautiful Chelsea-related thing i have read in my whole life!
    I love Chelsea and Lampard too, but the way you wrote it allmost bring a tear to my eyes.
    Probs to you bro!

    1. dimatteofan says

      Thank you, thank you and thank you again. I really thought it was a shit article, but many people told me it’s fantastic. Thank you again 🙂

  3. Thamvir SIngh says

    Chelsea made a big by letting Didier Drogba go. I don’t want us to do the same mistake again. He is and always will remain in our hearts. SUPER FRANK LAMPARD
    A Blues fan from India

  4. Anonymous says

    youre stupid. its not just about winning. if youre gonna think in those terms, then go join barcelona, man u, or madrid. lampard, and i might as well include terry, cole, and cech, are legends at this club. though they may not be as good as they once were, they should be shown respect by the club for all the respect they gave to the club. yes, we do have many young players, but what des that mean? no experience. i dont care if lampard loses a leg, if he wants to stay at chelsea, then he should. legends should retire at home, not in fucking china or the u.s.

    1. ShawnS'tha says

      Well said mate..lamps may not start matches and may not play half of the matches he used to but legends like Lampard should be shown some respect and allowed to retire at the club. we all are aware how much lamps loves this club and i know for fact he will take pay cut to stay at Chelsea. hope and pray he will be given a new contract.

    2. Naman Gambhir says

      Well said Anonymous

  5. Anonymous says

    lampard is the most unreplaceable center midfielder in the world. second best to messi. i was sad enough losing drogba last summer. losing lampard this summer would be horrific. chelsea- drogba and lampard=mad fans

    1. dimatteofan says

      The fact that you say Messi is a midfielder says it all…

  6. Vaibhav Kumble says

    He can easily play two more season for Chelsea. His fitness is not a problem and I will accept his leaving if some one better comes along. Is there anybody?? Absolutely not. So let him stay and groom the “young guard” (as u call them) yill they are ready to take over. Till then enjoy the legend’s great football.

  7. Naman Gambhir says

    We did a big mistake by letting Ballack & Drogba go… Lampard’s presence is required in the dressing room… I m nt saying he should retire at Chelsea bt give him 1yr contract and then let him leave the club… There are many young player and we need experienced player lyk Lampard for 1 more year… Drogba was 34 nd when he left we struggled in the strikers position…. Just give him 1yr contract…

  8. Godwin says

    The man Lampard is not only a blue legend, but the three lions too and even the whole world. England sometimes past had to depend on him to win. SUPER LAMPARD for ever

  9. Jag-T says

    LAMPARD forever a LEGEND

  10. dave says

    Remarkable article, ive come to the point where we could lose 6-1 but if Lamps is the scorer it feels like a win. We have all been blessed to see an absolute legend like Lampard to play for this club. Dont think ive heard someone with the same opinion as me with saying Lamps is better then Xavi and Iniesta! The sole reason I started following this club when I was 12 was Frankie..There’s no player that will ever have as much class as him or a midfielder that will ever come close to his record..Ill cry if he breaks Bobbys record, as if I didnt enough in last seasons CL campaign..fantastic article!

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