Former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder, Cesc Fabregas has announced his retirement from football at the age of 36, nearly 20 years after making his debut in the Premier League for the Gunners as a 16 year old kid.
The Spanish World Cup champion has won it at all for his country and was considered one of the best young talents to ever play the game one might wonder what else he could've won if he didn't suffer so many injuries throughout his career.
The Spaniard made the announcement of retirement on Twitter on Saturday, one year into a two-year contract he signed for Italian club, Como.
Arséne Wenger, then Arsenal manager signed him from Barcelona's youth Academy, La Masia in 2003. He became the club's youngest player when he made his debut for the Gunners at the age of 16 years, 177 days in a League Cup game.
He later went on to become Arsenal's captain after Thiery Henry left the club and achieve great heights with the club except winning the Premier League and the Champions League, which he regrets to this day.
From 2008 to 2012, he was part of Spain's Golden era who won the European Championship twice and the World Cup once. He was clinical in Spain's midfield alongside Xavi and Iniesta and won the World Cup in South Africa at the age of 23.
In 2011, he left Arsenal to return to his boyhood club Barcelona and won the La Liga with them in 2012-13 season. He again returned to the Premier League but this time for Chelsea, Arsenal's direct London rivals.
He won the Premier League with Chelsea in 2015 and 2017 under José Mourinho and Antonio Conte respectively. Chelsea was his last chance of winning the Champions League which he unfortunately couldn't achieve. He is probably one of the greatest players to never won the Champions League ever.
In 2019, he signed for Monaco and was there until his contract expired in 2022. He played 68 ganes for the French side and then moved to Italy's second division and signed a contract there for two years for Como, until 2024.
In July 1, 2023 he announced his retirement from football with one year remaining on his contract. When asked about his post retirement plans, he answered that he wanted to get into coaching, so we should prepare ourselves for another Spanish manager in the near future. He would start at his current club in a managerial position.
"From my first days at Barca, Arsenal, Barca again, Chelsea, Monaco and Como, I will treasure them all," Fabregas wrote. "From lifting the World Cup, the Euros, to winning everything in England and Spain and nearly all the European trophies, it has been a journey that I'll never forget."
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