Chelsea‘s all-time leading goalscorer Frank Lampard inducted into Premier League Hall
of Fame after fans’ vote; Blues legend won three league titles at Stamford Bridge;
Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Eric Cantona, and Roy Keane already inducted
The England international was named the Premier League’s Player of the Season
following Chelsea’s 2004/05 title-winning campaign.
Lampard began his Premier League career as a West Ham academy graduate and also
had a short spell at Man City before his retirement.
The prolific midfielder thanked his uncle, Harry Redknapp, for giving him his first big
break in football before praising Claudio Ranieri and Jose Mourinho for their influence on
him while he was at the Bridge.
‘There have been a lot of people that have influenced me,’ Lampard said. ‘I guess really
Harry Redknapp’s belief in me at West Ham to give me the first opportunity, Claudio
Ranieri for taking me to Chelsea, and Jose Mourinho for the influence he had on me when
he first arrived. However, I took things from all my managers and am thankful to them
all.’ Lampard added: ‘As a young lad I remember just wanting to make it into the West
Ham team, and looking up to players like Roy Keane, Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry so
to be mentioned in the same bracket as them is a real honour. I am very proud and
thankful for the recognition.’