One of several theories as to why Vincent Van Gogh cut off his ear is that this was an insane attempt to draw attention to his unrecognised genius. If so, it did not work.
Like so many great artists down the years, Van Gogh did not become fully appreciated until after he died in poverty, in his case by committing suicide at the age of 37.
It is to be hoped that Frank Lampard does not resort to such measures.
Once again, the brilliance of this young master has gone unrewarded by those who presume to sit in judgment of his talent.
In a sublime moment of power, grace and inspiration, it was Lampard who won the 2009 FA Cup final for Chelsea.