14 quotes by Chelsea legend Frank Lampard that prove his class

Frank Lampard is one of Chelsea’s best ever players.

The former England midfielder is the club’s all-time top goalscorer and one of the greatest Premier League midfielders along with Steven Gerrard, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira.

He’s also an all-round good guy. Here are some quotes that will make you fall in love with Lampard all over again.

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On his late mother:

“I always dedicate my goals to my mum. I lost her a couple of years ago. She was my biggest supporter and is always with me.”

 

On retiring from England:

“I was having a chat with Luke Shaw and I mentioned Tony Adams and he didn’t seem to know who I was talking about. I said, ‘Are you winding me up?’ and he said ‘Who did he play for?’ I knew then that it was time to retire.”

On the move to Spain that never was:

“Barcelona are my favourite team in Spain, let’s put it that way.”

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On getting grief from rival fans:

“When you take a lot of stick you want to ram it down people’s throats.”

On how to succeed:

“I can’t stress the importance of working hard enough, work on all aspects of your game. If you does that and you have the ability, you’ll come through.”

On playing for his country:

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of travelling and playing for my country. What an honour that is.”

On his old club West Ham:

“A lot of things happened when I left there, and to be fair they treated me really bad, and now I have to play against them so I don’t have any feelings for them at all.”

On dealing with disappointments:

“I think about all my successes and failures, and sometimes the failures stick in your head as much as the wins. But you do move on.”

On his GCSEs:

“I was always pretty good at school, but a lot of it was memorising, maybe cheating off your mates, stuff that gets you through.”

On whether he can play with Gerrard:

“The development of our relationship has been very good. I enjoy playing with Steven.”

On proving himself:

“At school I remember completing a paper about what I wanted to do for a job. I put ‘footballer’ and the teacher told me that being a footballer is not a job. She told me only one in 300 kids make it as a footballer and she would say ‘Do you think you will be the one?’ I said, ‘Yes I do.’ And my classmates would sit there and laugh at me.”

On scoring against Chelsea for Manchester City:

“I’d be unprofessional if I didn’t come on and do my job. I’m a bit lost for words, I didn’t expect to come on and score.”

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On losing to Tottenham:

“It is always bad to lose to Tottenham because they make DVDs of it for the next ten years.”

On what it means to play for Chelsea:

“This club becomes you. Once you’ve played for it, you’re always welcomed back for the rest of your life, so you become Chelsea and it becomes you.”

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