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Published 04/01/2010 | 05:00

Which player won most

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games in the noughties?

For a player who seems under-rated everywhere outside of Stamford Bridge, Frank Lampard's statistics for the past 10 seasons make for impressive reading.

The Chelsea midfielder appeared in 346 league games in the decade and almost two thirds of those games (210) have resulted in victories for either West Ham or Chelsea.

That's the highest number of wins for any player in that period, while the 31-year-old also has the second highest number of assists (behind Ryan Giggs) and the fourth highest goals record.

Lampard's tally of 100 goals sees him two goals behind Michael Owen and, interestingly, Robbie Keane, who both struck 113 times.

Thierry Henry was the clear goals winner with 169.

There was worse news for another Irish international, with Kevin Kilbane the biggest loser of the decade having lost a total of 146 times.

In other statistics released by Opta last week, Fernando Torres was shown to be the player with the best ratio of minutes to goals with an average of 108.2 minutes per goal, which ranks him ahead of Henry (119), Ruud van Nistelrooy (128), Hernan Crespo (140) and, rather bizarrely, Chris Armstrong (154).

Irish Independent

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