Frank Lampard has been inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame for the fifth time. Under Jose Mourinho, Lampard helped Chelsea to their first Premier League title in 2005, and he would go on to win the title two more times at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard enters the Premier League Hall of Fame
Lampard, a prolific goalscorer from midfield, is Chelsea’s all-time top scorer and ranks fifth all-time in the Premier League. In 609 Premier League appearances for West Ham, Chelsea, and Man City, he netted 177 goals. He has had 102 assists during that period, winning four Premier League Player of the Month awards and the Premier League Player of the Season award in 2004-05. He is widely regarded as one of Chelsea’s best-ever players, and his services to English football’s top flight have now been recognized.
Lampard praised his uncle, Harry Redknapp, for giving him his first major break in football, before thanking Claudio Ranieri and Jose Mourinho – with whom he later had a falling out as a manager – for their impact on him at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard said, “There have been a lot of people who have inspired me.” ‘I think it’s a combination of Harry Redknapp’s confidence in me at West Ham, Claudio Ranieri’s decision to take me to Chelsea, and Jose Mourinho’s impact on me when he first arrived. However, I approached the situation from a different perspective. However, I received assistance from both of my superiors, for whom I am grateful.’
Lampard is inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Roy Keane, and Eric Cantona.
The Blues legend says he looks up to those who have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame and feels ‘honored’ to be named among them.
‘I remember only trying to make it onto the West Ham squad as a young lad. And looking up to players like Roy Keane, Alan Shearer, and Thierry Henry. So to be included in the same bracket as them is a great honor. I am ecstatic and grateful for the honor,” Lampard said.
Lampard praised ‘skill and hard work’ with his innate goal-scoring abilities. With the midfielder known for his uncanny ability to strike from outside the box. He admitted out of the 177 goals he scored in the Premier League. His favorite came against Bolton when Chelsea won the title in 2005.
When asked about his trick to scoring so many goals from midfield, Lampard said, “The answer for me was preparation and hard work. I had a knack for showing up and scoring goals. I had done so in all of the teams with whom I had featured. But my ability to score regularly in the Premier League at that period was largely due to my hard work and commitment to continually develop. My favorite goals are the two I scored against Bolton in 2005 when we won the league. They meant a lot to me. But most importantly, they meant a lot to the club. And the supporters when we won the League that year.’
Each inductee is given a personalized medallion with their year of induction etched on it.
The former England international is one of six players from a 23-man shortlisted. To be inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame. After receiving the most aggregate votes from the Premier League council and the general public.