There have been plenty of strikers who have hung up their boots without scoring 300 career goals, so the amount of midfielders who have come close to that tally is minimal.
Despite the Chelsea board seemingly wishing to call time on Lampard's Blues career, the 34-year-old has reached double figures for the 10th season in a row as he closes in on Bobby Tambling's club record of 202 goals.
Lampard is already far and away the highest scoring midfielder in the history of the Premier League, but can his record be bettered anywhere else?
Tactical changes through the ages have seen wingers become become wide forwards and attacking midfielders have converted into advanced play-makers and second strikers, but in terms genuine middle men, can anyone lay claim to Lampard's crown in terms of consistency and quantity of goals?
For the purpose of this survey I have opted against including the likes of Bobby Charlton, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Zico, Gheorghe Hagi, Michel Platini and many more on the basis of them operating with more freedom and in more offensive role's than Lampard.
So I take a look at five contenders and pretenders to Lampard's title.
Alternative suggestions are as always keenly welcome.