Jamie Carragher admits what he really thinks about Frank Lampard's career

So when Frank Lampard announced his decision to retire from football at 38 years of age, it was clear that with every passing compliment, positive appraisal and endearing comparison that filtered through, he was rightfully claiming his final status as a genuine legend of the game.

The midfielder last played at New York City in Major League Soccer where his contract expired after the 2016 season, having also featured for Manchester City in the last chapter of his career. Lampard spent a year ago with New York City in Major League Soccer in United States.

Lampard, who won 106 caps for his country, left New York City FC in November after his contract expired with Manchester City.

It was Chelsea, naturally, that Lampard reserved some special words of thanks in his statement. "I miss you next to me in the dressing room - a gentleman both on and off the pitch, leader in the dressing room and if I could choose one person next to me in the trenches it would be you".

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Lampard was sent out on loan to Swansea by West Ham in October 1995 when he was just 17 years old.

In all, he got his hands on the Premier League trophy three times, grasped the FA Cup on four occasions as well as the UEFA Champions League once.

Lampard has another connection with Swansea after spending time on loan there early in his career, but that wasn't enough to persuade the ex-England worldwide to join the Premier League strugglers.

Swansea City boss Paul Clement admits that he tried to bring Frank Lampard to the Liberty Stadium prior to the 38-year-old announcing his retirement. He directly created 18 goals, the third highest total for a single season in Premier League history behind Thierry Henry (20 in 2002-03) and Mesut Ozil (19 in 2015-16).

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Lampard joined Chelsea from West Ham in 2001.

He netted the goals in a win at Bolton which in 2005 secured the club's first championship title in 50 years.

As well as his former clubs, Barcelona and AC Milan were among those to congratulate Lampard on his retirement, as many marvelled over the statistics of a stunning career.

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