Frank Lampard inducted into the Premier League's Hall of Fame

Frank Lampard is named as the fifth player to enter the Premier League’s Hall of Fame, with Chelsea legend thanking Jose Mourinho, who he fell out with as a manager, for boosting his career

  • Frank Lampard has been inducted into the Premier League’s Hall of Fame
  • He is the fifth player to enter, after Cantona and Roy Keane joined on Tuesday
  • Lampard is Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer and won three Premier League titles
  • The midfielder also sits fifth in the Premier League’s all-time leading scorers 

Frank Lampard has become the fifth player to be inducted into the Premier League’s Hall of Fame.

Lampard helped Chelsea win their first-ever Premier League title under Jose Mourinho in 2005 and would go on to lift that same title two more times at Stamford Bridge.

A prolific goalscorer from midfield, Lampard is Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer and is fifth in the Premier League’s all-time leading scorers chart. He scored 177 goals in 609 Premier League appearances for West Ham, Chelsea and Man City.

Frank Lampard is the fifth player to be inducted into the Premier League’s Hall of Fame

 Lampard is Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer and has won three Premier League titles

Lampard also managed 102 assists in that same time, picking up four Premier League Player of the Month awards and the 2004-05 Premier League Player of the Season gong.

He is widely considered as one of Chelsea’s greatest ever players and has now been recognised for his contributions in the top flight of English football.

Lampard thanked his uncle Harry Redknapp for giving him his first big break in football before praising Claudio Ranieri and Mourinho for their influence on him while he was at the Bridge. 

‘There have been a lot of people that have influenced me,’ Lampard said. ‘I guess really Harry Redknapp’s belief in me at West Ham to give me the first opportunity, Claudio Ranieri for taking me to Chelsea, and Jose Mourinho for the influence he had on me when he first arrived. However, I took things from all my managers and am thankful to them all.’ 

Lampard celebrates his third, and final, Premier League title win with Chelsea in 2010

Lampard joins Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Roy Keane and Eric Cantona in the Hall of Fame.

The Blues legend claims he looked up to those already in the Hall of Fame and is ‘honoured’ to be mentioned in the same breath as them. 

Lampard added: ‘As a young lad I remember just wanting to make it into 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.’

The former England international is one of the six players of a 23-man shortlist to receive the most combined votes from the Premier League panel and public to be inducted into Hall of Fame.

More to follow 

FRANK LAMPARD THANKS JOSE MOURINHO IN HALL OF FAME Q&A

Congratulations on being inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame. How does it feel to be a Hall of Fame inductee?

‘As a young lad I remember just wanting to make it into 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.’

How does it feel to have followed inaugural inductees Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry into the Hall of Fame?

‘The Premier League has had so many great players who have achieved so much. Alan and Thierry are icons of the game so to join them is a very proud moment.’

You are a three-time Premier League winner. Do you have a favourite from those three, and why?

‘I think that first PL title we won in 2004-05 with that win at Bolton will always be very special. Chelsea had not won the league for 50 years and we had a really strong, young and ambitious team. The celebrations with the fans on that day will stay with me forever.’

You arrived at Chelsea while the club was still in a transitional phase – could you have envisaged that just a few years later you would be a back-to-back Premier League champion?

‘I think when Roman took over the club you could see what he wanted to build, and as a team we all had ambitions to win trophies. It’s so difficult to win back-to-back titles but Jose instilled that belief in us and the squad had huge talent and a great mentality.’

There was an influx of world-class talent arriving in the years after you joined, did that drive you personally to become the best player you could possibly be?

‘It certainly pushed me personally when Chelsea started recruiting top talent from around the world. To remain playing consistently well in a team like Chelsea, with the squad we had, was a big challenge and one that I relished. We all worked hard and were ambitious, so in a way I think we all pushed each other to be the best we could be. It was the norm for players to stay after training and continue working and that is the mentality you need to become winners.’

You are the highest-scoring midfielder in Premier League history, and fifth overall on the all-time list. What was the key factor in you scoring so consistently and do you have a favourite from your 177 Premier League goals?

‘The key for me was practice and hard work. I had a talent for arriving and scoring goals. I had done it in all the teams that I played for but to score consistently over that period in the Premier League was mostly down to my hard work and dedication to constantly improve. My favourite goals are the two goals I scored against Bolton when we won the league in 2005. They meant so much to me personally but more importantly it was what they meant to the club and the fans to win the League that year.’

Goals were a huge part of your game, but you also topped the Premier League assist charts in three seasons. How much pleasure did you get out of creating goals for other players?

‘People always talk a lot about my goals, but I was just as proud to provide assists for teammates and it was a big part of my game. I was fortunate to play with great players and had a particularly great relationship with Didier for so many years. We would look for each other and know the moves that the other was going to take. Those relationships on the pitch are beautiful!

Who were the biggest influences on your Premier League career, and how did they help you become the player you developed into?

‘There have been a lot of people that have influenced me. I guess really Harry Redknapp’s belief in me at West Ham to give me the first opportunity, Claudio Ranieri for taking me to Chelsea, and Jose Mourinho for the influence he had on me when he first arrived. However, I took things from all my managers and am thankful to them all.’

What was your favourite moment in your Premier League career and why?

‘My favourite moments are always the Premier League titles because football is about winning as a team and winning a PL is so difficult. The feeling when you fight all year and succeed is amazing.’

Lampard received a personalised medallion, engraved with the year of his induction

 




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