Chelsea captain, John Terry, has revealed his admiration for his teammate, Frank Lampard, after the 34-year old bagged his 200th goal for the Blues at the weekend.
“You talk about the [Gianfranco] Zolas and the best players to have played at the club, but for me he [Lampard] is the best,” said Terry, who was warming up on the touchline when Lampard scored his landmark goal.
“We all love him, we’ll all be pushing for him to reach the record,” he added, of the man who has been his team-mate since joining Chelsea for £11 million in 2001.
Lampard is the top scoring Premier League midfielder of all time having made his debut in 1996 for West Ham United and his longevity and consistency have brought Terry to compare him with another Premier League legend.
“You can only single out two players to play consistently well and to score goals over the course of the last 10-15 years and that is him and Ryan Giggs,” said Terry.
“It’s incredible, to see the number of goals he’s scored at such a high level as well – Champions League goals, Premier League goals – and the hunger. He is an example to all the players here.”
Whether Lampard is Chelsea’s best ever player remains to be seen but he certainly looks likely to score the three goals needed to overtake Bobby Tambling’s 43 year old record before the season is out.
Lampard has been in outstanding form for Chelsea all season and his goals have got the Blues through a number of close games.
Chelsea currently sit third in the table but, if Lampard’s current run of form and Manchester City’s implosion continue, then they could overtake the champions and find themselves in second place come the end of the season.