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Premier League legend Frank Lampard, 36, signs two-year deal with New York MLS team

Frank Lampard. (Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images)

Frank Lampard is a Premier League legend. He holds the record of being Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer with 211 goals. But at 36, his future on the pitch is limited, and after 13 years with the Blues, Lampard was released when his contract expired last season.

Despite his age, however, Lampard’s career isn’t over — at least outside of England. The New York City FC jumped at the chance to catch the aging star, signing him to a two-year deal that could make the central midfielder the highest-paid player in the MLS, according to Sports Illustrated. Although unconfirmed, Goal reports Lampard may be making somewhere around $150,000 a week.

Will he be worth it? It depends. Lampard’s signing, which follows NYCFC’s other high-profile signing this summer, Spain’s 2010 World Cup winner and ex-Atletico Madrid striker David Villa, 32, who was signed in June, will bring a lot of attention to the start-up MLS squad. So, from a PR perspective, the rumored price could be worth it. However, whether or not $150,000 per week will get the NYCFC Lampard’s enviable skills from his younger days is up for debate.

The aging star brings an impressive resume to the States. Besides leading Chelsea in goals, he’s played for England in the last three World Cups, including captaining the team in 2014. Lampard also has 106 caps in his background, which ties him for sixth overall for English players.

What do you think?

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.



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