Midfielder’s brace seals win over Aston Villa.
Frank Lampard fired himself to the top of Chelsea’s all-time goalscoring charts with two goals to beat Aston Villa at Villa Park.
The England international cancelled out Christian Benteke’s opener for the home side and tapped in a crucial winner late on to all but seal a top four place for Rafael Benitez’s side.
The 34-year-old’s double strike saw him reach 203 goals for the club and overtake Bobby Tambling as Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer.
The record will be a welcome boost for Lampard, as he looks likely to exit the club at the end of the season after a long and successful career at Stamford Bridge.
Despite finding the back of the net 17 times this season, Lampard has found himself in and out of the Chelsea first team and is yet to be offered a new contract to stay at the club, with his current deal expiring at the end of this campaign.
The former West Ham man has been linked with AS Monaco and LA Galaxy, though it is thought that a return for former Blues boss Jose Mourinho this summer could mean he is kept around for a bit longer, as his old manager is said to still rate him highly.
Lampard himself has welcomed the possibility of Mourinho returning, though much about the club’s future remains up in the air.
Still, he has guaranteed himself legendary status at the club with this latest achievement, and his record-breaking goals should secure the Champions League football the club desire for next season, whether or not he is there to play a part in it.