English footballer. Despite playing in midfield, he has regularly been among the top goalscorers in the English Premier League. He progressed through the youth academy at West Ham United and made his first team debut in January 1996. In May 2001 he moved to Chelsea for £11 million and helped them win the 2004–05 league title, the club's first championship for 50 years, and the English League Cup. That season, Lampard was voted the Football Writers' Association (FWA) Footballer of the Year and he came second to Ronaldinho in the running for both FIFA World Player of the Year and European Footballer of the Year. Over the next seven seasons, he won seven more major domestic trophies with Chelsea, and also led them to victory in the 2012 UEFA Champions League and the 2013 UEFA Europa League. He has scored more than 200 goals for Chelsea and is the top goalscorer in the club's history. He made his international debut in October 1999 and represented England in the 2004 and 2012 European Championships, and the 2006, 2010, and 2014 World Cups. In September 2013 he won his 100th cap for England, becoming the eighth player to do so.
International appearances (1999–2014) 106 (29 goals)
English League Championship 2005, 2006, 2010
English FA Cup 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
English League Cup 2005, 2007
UEFA Champions League 2012
UEFA Europa League 2013
Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year 2005
He was the captain of the West Ham team that reached the final of the 1996 FA Youth Cup, but they lost to Liverpool. He holds the Premiership record for playing in consecutive league matches when he played 164 straight games between October 2001 and December 2005. He was named to the All Star squad for the 2004 European Championships. In 2008 Chelsea reached the final of the UEFA Champions League, but lost in a penalty shootout to Manchester United. In 2014 he signed with New York City ahead of their MLS debut in 2015, but returned to the UK on loan to play for Manchester City for a six-month spell.
When he made his debut for West Ham, the coach of the team was his father, Frank, who also played for the club.