21 वर्षो तक चले सफलतम करियर के बाद, पूर्व चेल्सी दिग्गज फ्रैंक लैंपार्ड ने आज फुटबाॅल के सभी प्रारूपों से संन्यास का ऐलान कर दिया। आखिरी बार पेशेवर तरीके से न्यूयाॅर्क सिटी के लिए खेलने वाले 38 वर्षीय इस खिलाड़ी ने सोशल मीडिया के जरिए अपने फैसले के बारे में बताया।
लैंपार्ड का अधिकतर करियर स्टेमफोर्ड ब्रिज के साथ गुजरा, जहां 13 सालों में 649 दफा अपनी मौजूदगी दर्ज कराई और 106 बार उन्होंने अपने देश की नुमाइंदगी की। चेल्सी के लिए इस स्टार खिलाड़ी ने 211 गोल किए और चैंपियंस लीग टाइटल, तीन प्रीमियर लीग टाइटल, चार एफए कप, दो लीग कप, यूरोपा लीग और कम्युनिटी शील्ड विद द ब्लूज़ जीतने में योगदान किया।
लैंपार्ड ने अपने इंस्टाग्राम के पेज पर लिखा, ‘‘खेल जारी रखने के लिए अभी भी मेरे पास कई अवसर आ रहे हैं, 38 की उम्र में अब मुझे लगता है कि जिंदगी का एक नया अध्याय शुरू करना चाहिए।’’
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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