Frank James Lampard, OBE, is an English professional football manager and former player who was most recently the head coach of Premier League club Chelsea.
Lampard began his career in 1995 at West Ham United, the club where his father, Frank Lampard Sr., also played.
Lampard is best known for his time at London-based club Chelsea, whom he signed for in 2001 for £11 million. In his thirteen years with the club, Lampard established himself as a prolific scorer from midfield, becoming Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer, with 211 goals scored in all competitions.
He also won three Premier League titles, a UEFA Champions League title, four FA Cups, a UEFA Europa League title, and two Football League Cups. In 2005, he was named FWA Footballer of the Year and finished runner-up for both the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards.
After leaving Chelsea, Lampard played for league rivals Manchester City and Major League Soccer (MLS) club New York City before retiring in 2017.
Lampard is one of nine players, and the only midfielder, to have scored 150 or more goals in the Premier League. He is fourth in the Premier League’s all-time assists ranking, with 102 assists.
Lampard holds a number of additional Chelsea and Premier League records and has won PFA Fans’ Player of the Year and the FWA Tribute Award. During his career, he was named in the PFA Team of the Year three times, finished as the Premier League’s top assist provider three times, and was named in the FIFPro World XI and an MLS All-Star.
After departing, Lampard was named in the Chelsea Team of the Decade as voted for by Chelsea fans.
Lampard played 106 matches for the England national team, after making his debut in 1999. He represented his country at three FIFA World Cups – in 2006, 2010 and 2014 – and in UEFA Euro 2004, where he was named in the Team of the Tournament. Lampard scored 29 goals for England, and was voted England Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005.
He is also England’s most prolific penalty taker, with nine goals scored from the spot. After retiring from international football, he was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2015 for his services to football.
After retiring, Lampard served as a team captain on the ITV sport panel show Play to the Whistle from 2015 until 2017. He has also written a number of children’s books.
He began his coaching career with Derby County in 2018, leading the club to the final of that season’s Championship play-offs. He was appointed as Chelsea’s head coach a year later, guiding them to 4th place and the FA Cup Final in his first season. However, after a poor run of results, Lampard was dismissed in January 2021.
Lampard features in EA Sports’ FIFA video game series; he was on the cover for the International edition of FIFA 10, alongside Wayne Rooney and Theo Walcott. In 2018, Lampard was added as an icon to the Ultimate Team in FIFA 19.
FAMILY: EARLY LIFE, WIFE, CHILDREN
Lampard was born in Romford, London. He attended Brentwood School between 1989 and 1994, finishing with eleven GCSEs, including an A* in Latin.
Lampard lives in Surrey and London. He has two daughters with his former fiancée, Spanish model Elen Rivas, Luna (born 22 August 2005) and Isla (born 20 May 2007).
Lampard married Christine Bleakley, a Northern Irish broadcaster, on 20 December 2015. On 21 September 2018, they had a baby girl, Patricia Charlotte Lampard. On 15th March 2021, it was announced that they had a baby boy, Frederick George Lampard.
Lampard published his autobiography, Totally Frank, in 2006. He has written a series of children’s novels, inspired by his mother and children, related to football.
Lampard is a supporter of the Conservative Party and was rumored to run as a candidate for Kensington upon Malcolm Rifkind’s retirement at the 2015 general election. He subsequently denied that he was running to be an MP.
In 2000, Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, and Kieron Dyer appeared on a sex video that was filmed at the holiday resort of Ayia Napa in Cyprus.
As of 2021, Frank Lampard’s net worth is estimated at around $90 million.