Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has been selected as the Premier League's Player of the Decade, by facts and figures' wizards Opta.
Opta, who studied every Premier League game since January 2000, declared that Lampard has played in more games, most wins to his name, second-most number of assists and the fourth-highest goal scoring record.
Lampard pips Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher by five games to most appearances with a total of 346 - 210 of which have been wins, The Sun reported.
He comes second to Manchester United Ryan Giggs with 76 assists and bagged 100 goals, finishing fourth behind top scorer Thierry Henry, who scored 169 times for Arsenal.
When talking about the results, AS Roma manager Claudio Ranieri, who signed Lampard from West Ham for £11 million in June 2001, said: "This news fills me with a great satisfaction and pride because Frank Lampard is totally unique."
"He is a complete player and so professional. It doesn't surprise me that he is the best statistically, ahead of other players you might consider to be even bigger stars.
I'll tell you something. In my view Frank Lampard is a genuine ''Pallone d'oro'' - which means he should be a European Footballer of the Year. He really is that good," he added.
Source : ANI
Congrats to F.Lampard. He really deserved that. Playing in almost all games in BPL since he moves to Chelsea from West Ham in 2001 with 11 million pound transfer fee. I still remember when I watched the Chelsea's game for the 1st time. Aug 23 2002, Chelsea draw 2-2 with Man Utd with goal from Zenden & Gallas. Although I always said that I love Zola for the beginning, but I can't help to notice about Lampard. He's playing in the midfield, but sometimes he also going forward to assist or score for Chelsea. He's an exceptional player, scoring goals with both of his legs, powerful shooting and excellent passing, assist and scoring goals. He become one of the most consistent players in top flight. His trademark: powerful shooting outside the penalty box.
Frank Lampard Stat's
Chelsea Career : 2001-2009
League Appearance: 278 + 6 (sub)
League Goals : 83
Total Goals in all competition : 130
One of the best Lampard goal was during Chelsea v Barcelona game.
(don't know how he chipped the ball n scored from difficult angle)