Frank Lampard anuncia su retiro oficial del fútbol

02 de Febrero de 2017 Actualizado: 02 de Febrero de 2017

El futbolista inglés Frank Lampard, que fue gran centrocampista del Chelsea y de la selección inglesa y que actualmente jugaba en Estados Unidos, anunció este jueves su retirada a los 38 años.

“Después de 21 años increíbles, he decidido que es el momento correcto para acabar mi carrera como futbolista profesional”, escribió Lampard en un mensaje en su cuenta en la red social de Instagram.

Frank Lampard, que con el Chelsea ganó 3 ligas, 1 Champions League, 1 Europa League y 4 copas de Inglaterra, jugaba actualmente en el New York City y se dedicará ahora a estudiar para convertirse en entrenador.

El jugador salió de la cantera del club londinense West Ham, donde jugó entre 1995 y 2001 antes de fichar por el Chelsea, donde estuvo 13 años (2001-2014). Tras una temporada en el Manchester City (2014-2015), emprendió la aventura estadounidense, que da por concluida con su despedida.

After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer. Whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life. I’m immensely proud of the trophies I’ve won, of representing my country over 100 times and of scoring more than 300 career goals. I have many people to thank. I thank my parents for instilling in me the values of hard work, dedication and professionalism, values which I have carried with me in everything that I do. I am forever grateful for the support of my family, my wife Christine and my two daughters Luna and Isla. What you have given me off the pitch has always been my strength on it. I love you all very much. Also, my friends and my own team that have always been there for me. I would like to thank the amazing team-mates, coaches, managers and backroom staff that I was privileged to work with. I’d also like to pay tribute to the clubs that I have represented. Firstly, West Ham United who gave me my debut in 1996. Thanks to the people there that believed in me at that young age. More recently Manchester City and NYCFC. I greatly enjoyed my last playing years at these two clubs and really appreciate the support I received from City Football Group and both clubs’ fans. Of course, the largest part of my heart belongs to Chelsea, a club which has given me so many great memories. I will never forget the opportunity they gave me and the success that we managed to achieve together. It is impossible to give thanks individually to all the people that helped and supported me in my 13 years playing there. All I can say is from the day I signed until now and going forward, I'm eternally grateful for everything and to everyone. Chelsea fans gave myself and my teammates such incredible support. Their passion and hunger drove me on personally to give my best year after year. I couldn't have done it without them. Looking forward, I'm grateful to the FA for the opportunity to study for my coaching qualifications and I look forward to pursuing the off-field opportunities that this decision opens.

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“Estoy inmensamente orgulloso de los trofeos que he ganado, de haber representado a mi país unas 100 veces y de haber marcado más de 300 goles”, agregó Lampard, que como internacional disputó exactamente 106 partidos y disputó dos mundiales y dos Eurocopas.

Lampard fue un centrocampista famoso por su gran capacidad goleadora, gracias a su fuerte disparo.

“Gran parte de mi corazón pertenece al Chelsea, el club que me proporcionó tan gratos recuerdos. Nunca olvidaré la oportunidad que me dieron y el éxito que logramos conseguir juntos”, escribió.

Artículo original aquí.