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European glory a dead cert in Lampard’s best 3 Chelsea moments

| 03.06.2014

It’s the moment Chelsea fans were half-expecting but simultaneously dreading, as after 13 years as a Blue ‘Super Frank Lampard’ will be leaving Stamford Bridge this summer when his current contract expires.

At 35, the club’s all-time leading scorer with 211 goals has announced his departure before he vice-captains England at the World Cup, where Lampard is a 5/1-shot with Ladbrokes to start the first Group D game against Italy.

For a player who has helped Chelsea to 11 major trophies in his time, including three Premier Leagues and a Champions League, while compiling a list of personal accolades to fill several mantle pieces over, picking out three defining moments is no easy task.

However, we’ve given our best shot. Do you agree?

2004/2005 – Premier League title and Ballon d’Or runner-up

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The first of three Premier League titles for Lampard had his fingerprints all over it. During what is arguably still his finest season as a Chelsea player the Stamford Bridge legend bagged 13 league goals (19 in all competitions) and led the top-flight assist charts with 16.

His outstanding contribution to Jose Mourinho’s maiden English title landed him the runner-up spot in FIFA’s prestigious Ballon d’Or competition behind Ronaldinho in 2005.

2011/2012 – Winning the Champions League as captain

Just as the Premier League title continues to evade Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard, for the longest time Lampard’s dream of capturing a first ever Champions League triumph looked like escaping him.

However, all that changed in a dramatic final against Bayern Munich where, in typical fashion, Lamps held his nerve in the penalty shoot-out to rifle home his effort.

The crowning glory is that in John Terry’s absence, the England man was also skipper and jointly held the trophy aloft.

2012/13 – Breaking the all-time Chelsea scoring record

Not content with being the most prolific Premier League midfielder of all time, Lampard honed in on Bobby Tambling’s Chelsea scoring record as the 2012/13 season unfolded.

However, it wasn’t until the penultimate league game of the season that Lamps finally went past Tambling’s marker by notching his 202nd and 203rd with a brilliantly-taken brace.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.