10 Reasons to Love Frank Lampard
Regardless of which team you support, it's virtually impossible not to love Frank Lampard.
The 35-year-old son of former West Ham left-back Frank Lampard Sr earned his 100th England cap in Ukraine on Wednesday night, adding another milestone to a career littered with silverware and personal accolades.
If you need convincing, here are B/R's 10 reasons to show some respect to the lad from Romford who is still making his mark on the beautiful game...
He's an England Legend
As mentioned in the previous slide, Lampard now has 100 England caps, making him one of only eight Englishmen to have earned international appearances in triple figures.
Lamps made his full debut as a 21-year-old on October 10, 1999 in a 2-1 friendly victory over Belgium.
He's scored 29 international goals but, of course, that tally should stand at 30 (more on his World Cup "ghost goal" later).
He's not likely to smash Peter Shilton's record of 125 caps before turning in his Three Lions shirt, but he could conceivably make it into the top five list of all-time England appearances if he plays until Brazil.
He's a Record Goalscorer
Chelsea fans will be fully aware that Lampard is the club's all-time leading goalscorer.
His brace of goals at Villa Park last May put him on a tally of 203, edging past the record set by striker Bobby Tambling in the 1960s.
On the opening day of the 2013-14 season, he brought his total up to 204 with a superb 30-yard free kick against Hull.
He Has Defied the Critics
Towards the end of last season, it looked as thought Lampard was set to be thrown on the Chelsea scrap pile (or the "Florent Malouda pile" as they call it at Stamford Bridge).
He was nearly 35—much older than the upper limit for Chelsea contract renewals—and it seemed the club had no interest in extending his deal.
However, he eventually earned a one-year extension and this season has started all three of the Blues' league games, showing he is still a highly-valuable asset with the aforementioned goal against Hull.
He may not be able to play every game this season, but the manner in which he has defied the doubters and kept on playing might be thought of as a true phoenix-from-the-flames story.
He Isn't Afraid to Stand Up for Himself
In 2009, LBC radio talk show host James O'Brien criticised the manner in which Frank Lampard had looked after his children following the break-up of his relationship.
The London broadcaster wasn't expecting Lampard to be listening nor did he expect the man himself to call in and defend himself against the accusations.
If the criticism was football-related, the midfielder would have probably let it go. But he showed strong character by refusing to let his personal integrity be attacked by those basing their facts on scurrilous information.
He Helped Usher in Goal-Line Technology
Prior to the 2010 World Cup, bumbling FIFA president Sepp Blatter was vehemently against the implementation of goal-line technology, for reasons known only to himself.
When Frank Lampard had a legitimate equaliser ruled out in the round-of-16 match with Germany, however, the Swiss executive changed his mind.
He told The Telegraph:
For me as Fifa president it became evident the moment what happened in South Africa in 2010.
I have to say 'thank you Lampard'. I was completely down in South Africa when I saw that it really shocked me, it took me a day to react.
It happened again in Ukraine and Ukraine can still not believe it now.
Without Super Frank, the Premier League might not currently have GLT.
He's Very Smart
Footballers aren't known for their booksmarts, but you could certainly hold an intelligent conversation with Lampsie.
The Chelsea star was educated at the prestigious private Brentwood School in Essex, where he excelled in his GCSEs and earned his much-vaunted A-level in Latin.
According to The Metro, Lampard has an IQ level above 150, which technically makes him a genius.
He Has a Sense of Humour
In a game that takes itself far too seriously far too often, it's a relief that Lampard has a sense of humour.
In the clip above, he's showing his acting chops with the kids from Outnumbered in a Sport Relief skit. The "football's much harder than netball" line shows some impressive comic timing.
He's Good at Penalties
The words "English footballer" and "good at penalties" don't really go together, but Frank Lampard is pretty reliable from 12 yards.
According to the detailed Different Game blog, Lamps has taken 78 career penalties, failing to convert only 12 of them.
An 85 percent success rate from someone who takes so many spot kicks is impressive.
He's also all-time top penalty scorer for both Chelsea and England, with tallies of 48 and nine respectively.
He Keeps His Nose Clean
Lampard may have ended up in a few scrapes in his younger years—he was caught on camera in an Aiya Napa sex video and was once fined for drunkenly abusing Americans—but he has learned his lessons and matured enough to stay out of trouble.
He is affable, eloquent and a role model for how a Premier League player should behave.
He's a Winner
Three Premier League titles. Four FA Cups. Two League Cups. A Champions League. A Europa League.
Make no mistake about it: Two-time Premier League Player of the Season, Ballon d'Or and World Player of the Year runner-up Frank Lampard is a winner.
His name will be written in the history books among the greatest ever to grace the field.