'I can finally admit to respecting him' - football world pays tribute to Lampard

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After 21 years and 11 major trophies, the former England and Chelsea star has retired, prompting former team-mates and rivals to pay glowing tribute.

Bringing an end to an illustrious career spanning 21 years, Frank Lampard left football fans reminiscing over great memories of one of England's best ever midfielders.

The former West Ham, Chelsea, Manchester City and New York City player is best remembered for his 13 years at Stamford Bridge, during which time he won 11 major honours.

Lampard's club-record tally of 211 goals helped Chelsea to three Premier League titles, the Champions League, the Europa League and six domestic cup triumphs.

He won 106 caps for his country, and Thursday's announcement prompted former team-mates and rivals alike to pay tribute - with Liverpool's Jamie Carragher even having a few nice words to say about his old adversary.


I played with @franklampard No more words needed...

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