Frank Lampard's Top 5 Chelsea Goals
It's a phrase which is far too often used without much thought, but the general consensus is quickly becoming a well-known fact: Frank Lampard is arguably the best midfielder of his generation.
Some may point to the likes of Steven Gerrard as being ahead of Lampard. And sure, in terms of popularity that may be the case, but nobody can deny that 34-year-old Lampard is one of the best at his position.
Scoring a record-high 197 goals for Chelsea is something any striker should be proud of. So to have a midfielder reach that amount of goals is a phenomenal achievement. And these weren't just your normal tap-ins. Admittedly, a fraction of those goals have been converted from the penalty spot, but that should not be counted against Frank.
If anything, it shows his composure and consistency is still of the highest standard, and why we should cherish watching Lampard score goals over the past decade.
And as a tribute to the magnificent former West Ham man, we've managed to compile a countdown of his 10 best goals in a Chelsea shirt.
5 - Chelsea 2-0 Portsmouth: 25 February 2006
This is one of the best examples of how a good goal can be scored even if the finish isn't wonderful, although in this case, it most certainly was.
A nice exchange between Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba saw the Ivorian pass into the feet on Icelandic striker Eidur Gudjohnsen, whose 'dummy' allowed Lampard to strike a low effort past the Portsmouth goalkeeper.
4 - Chelsea V Bolton: 2001/02 Season
This, ladies and gentlemen, is Frank Lampard's first of 197 Premier League goals for Chelsea, and what a cracker it is.
Perhaps this was the moment that Blues fans knew their star was born.
3 - Newcastle 3-2 Chelsea - 2012/13 Season
Lampard has hit 10 Premier League goals in his last 13 games, a record his teammate Fernando Torres would be extremely proud of.
But this is undoubtedly the goal of his season so far. If you skip to 1:25 in the video above, you'll witness Lampard's wonderful strike. Under pressure from Yoann Gouffran, the veteran midfielder twisted his body and unleashed an unstoppable drive past the helpless Tim Krul.
A timely reminder of how Lampard is one of those 'right place, right time' players, even if the Blues lost 3-2 in the end.
2 - Bolton 0-2 Chelsea - 2004/05 Season
This is the goal that Lampard scored, which secured Chelsea's first league title in 50 years in their historic centenary year.
When Bolton were pushing for an equalizer, a throw came in which Chelsea cleared. The ball came to Claude Makelele, and the Frenchman unleashed a surprisingly deadly through pass to Lampard.
He then ran the best part of 50 yards showing his sheer athleticism, and rounded Jussi Jaaskelainen with ease before keeping his composure and sliding it into the net.
This was a special goal that marked the beginning of something very special at Chelsea Football Club. Please note the emphasis on the word special.
1 - Hull City 0-2 Chelsea - 2008/09 Season
We've heard many managers and players go slightly over the top when they describe goals. But when World Cup winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari describes a goal as the 'best he's ever seen', you'd be a fool to doubt him.
We'll let you decide. Here you go.
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