‘Love Ya Lampsy’: John Terry pays emotional tribute to ‘Chelsea’s greatest player’

Chelsea captain John Terry has paid an emotional tribute to Frank Lampard, who announced his retirement from professional football today.

Lampard scored a club record 211 goals in 648 Chelsea appearances over 13 years, playing in tandem with defender Terry as the Blues won every major club trophy.

"The GREATEST player in the history of our great football club," Terry wrote on Instagram.

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@franklampard has today announced his retirement from football. The GREATEST player in the history of our great football club @chelseafc It was an absolute pleasure playing with you mate and seeing first hand the dedication and hard work you put in, on and off the pitch, the best trainer by a million miles every single day, inspiring me and everyone at the club. I miss you next to me in the dressing room and miss you grabbing a bag of balls after training when everyone went inside. You stayed out working on your finishing, 20 goals a year wasn't good enough for you, every year you wanted 25,30 goals I love that about you ⚽️👊🏻 I will miss you getting 4 cones and doing sprints after training 🏃🏻💨 setting the example for the kids in the academy. All the great memories together winning trophy after trophy year after year I will never forget 🏆 you have won everything and should be extremely proud. It's been my pleasure and honour to play and experience all those great moments with you. 648 appearances ( we nearly caught Peter Bonetti and Ron Harris 😜) 211 goals ⚽️ unbelievable achievement 👊🏻 A gentleman both on and off the pitch, leader in the dressing room and if I could choose one person next to me in the trenches it would be you. A great dad to your two beautiful girls and I'm proud to call you my mate Good Luck for the future, whatever you choose to do will be a huge success Love Ya Lampsy 💙 LEGEND HERO INSPIRATION + THE BEST EVER

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"All the great memories together winning trophy after trophy year after year I will never forget. You have won everything and should be extremely proud.

"It's been my pleasure and honour to play and experience all those great moments with you.

"A gentleman both on and off the pitch, leader in the dressing room and if I could choose one person next to me in the trenches it would be you.

"A great dad to your two beautiful girls and I'm proud to call you my mate.

"Good Luck for the future, whatever you choose to do will be a huge success. Love Ya Lampsy.

"LEGEND HERO INSPIRATION + THE BEST EVER."

Lampard joined Chelsea in 2001 and left in June 2014 after a stellar career shared with Terry.

The 36-year-old defender described the dedication which marked Lampard's career.

"The best trainer by a million miles every single day, inspiring me and everyone at the club," Terry added.

"I miss you next to me in the dressing room and miss you grabbing a bag of balls after training when everyone went inside.

"You stayed out working on your finishing, 20 goals a year wasn't good enough for you, every year you wanted 25,30 goals.

"I love that about you. I will miss you getting 4 cones and doing sprints after training - setting the example for the kids in the academy."


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