Frank Lampard finishes glittering career with another goal and the bumps from Manchester City team-mates

Lampard scored the 259th goal of his career

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Frank Lampard ended his brilliant career in England with a goal in his final game on these shores.

The 36-year-old will join New York City next season after seeing out his year-long contract at Manchester City.

Although Lampard was unable to add to a bulging trophy cabinet at the Etihad, the veteran midfielder added another goal to his collection as Manuel Pellegrini's team beat Southampton 2-0.

It was his eighth goal of the season and the 259th club goal of a brilliant career that has seen spells at West Ham, Swansea and Chelsea before City.

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Lampard scored the 259th goal of his club career

Lampard hailed the City fans after they welcomed him this season.

"I have turned up here at age of 36. I didn't know what to expect, from the dressing room and the fans and living in this city, and all I can say is thank you so much to everybody," he said after the game.

"This is a very special club and from bottom of my heart it's been a pleasure to play for you."

But it was Chelsea were he spent his best years. He leaves England for Major League Soccer as the highest goalscorer in Chelsea history; his 13 years in blue saw Lampard find the net 211 times in 648 matches and win 11 major trophies.

On a day when his former club lifted their fifth English title, a former team-mate also departing the Premier League had special words for Lampard.

"I want to say thank you to all my ex-team-mates, all the managers I played for under this shirt and a special thank you for this guy because without him and most of his assists there would not be the Didier Drogba celebration: Frank Lampard, thank you," said Didier Drogba after he led celebrations at Chelsea.

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