Watching Frank Lampard’s long showreel of goals, what strikes most is the variety.
The first midfielder to reach a century in the Premier League and Chelsea’s all-time top scorer, his scoring knack was about far more than penalties or right-footed drives from the edge of the penalty area.
There were countless examples of him exquisitely timing runs into the box to finish off moves that he often started. On top of a remarkable selection of (excuse the modern parlance) bangers on his perceived weaker left foot, there were also a cluster of cushioned headers and nonchalant close-range conversions.
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Whittling down 303 for clubs and country to 10 is not easy and there was a temptation to list some honourable mentions. But that would defeat the purpose.
The circumstances – see Bolton away – were an undeniable factor but the prime qualifier was quality of finish followed by build-up play.
Many of the milestone goals are not on the list. His first for West Ham against Barnsley on the opening day of the 1997-98 season was a scuffed finish.
The 100th Premier League effort was a close-range header and his 150th came from the penalty spot away to Fulham.
He brought up a century for Chelsea in an otherwise immediately forgettable FA Cup win over Huddersfield, although the 200th memorably came against West Ham in March 2013.
Lampard’s finish to break Bobby Tambling’s record as Chelsea’s all-time scorer away to Aston Villa two months later was hardly the most impressive but came at the end of a lovely passing move involving Eden Hazard. Good enough to make the top 10, though? Not even close.
There are several important goals below, including in knockout Champions League games and Premier League title deciders but feel free to disagree and let us know your own top 10 @Chelsea_FL.