Resmi Pensiun, Lampard Torehkan Sejarah dalam Sepak Bola

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 Resmi Pensiun, Lampard Torehkan Sejarah dalam Sepak Bola

LONDON - Mantan gelandang tim nasional Inggris, Frank Lampard secara resmi memutuskan pensiun. Pemain berjuluk Super Frank mengumumkan gantung sepatu sebagai pemain melalui media sosialnya.

Lampard yang namanya besar bersama Chelsea itu memang tidak terikat dengan klub apa pun setelah kontraknya berakhir bersama New York City FC (NYFC), Januari 2017. Super Frank pernah mengatakan dirinya mendapat tawaran dari sejumlah klub di Liga Inggris.

"Setelah 21 tahun yang tak terbayangkan, saya memutuskan sekarang waktu yang tepat untuk mengakhiri karier saya sebagai pesepakbola profesional. Di usia 38 tahun ini saya merasa melanjutkan bagian hidup saya dengan cara lain," tulis Lampard di jejaring sosial Instagram. 

"Saya ingin mengucapkan terimakasih kepada beberapa pihak, salah satunya orang tua saya yang menanamkan nilai-nilai kerja keras, profesionalisme dan dedikasi," lanjutnya.

Lampard mengawali karier profesional sebagai pesepakbola bersama klub London, West Ham United pada tahun 1994. Enam tahun setelahnya, gelandang dengan teknik tendangan bebas akirat tersebut hengkang ke Chelsea.

Bersama The Blues, Lampard merasakan tiga gelar Premier League, empat Piaal FA dan dua Piala Liga Inggris. Super Frank juga mengecap manisnya trofi Liga Europa dan Liga Champions bersama Chelsea.

Setelah mengakhiri kontrak bersama Chelsea, Lampard hengkang ke klub MLS di Amerika Serikat, New York City (NYFC). Di sana, ia sempat dipinjamkan ke Manchester City pada musim 2015/2016.

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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