37 Facts About Cesc Fabregas

1. Cesc Fabregas came through La Masia, Barcelona's youth academy, leaving at 16 when he was signed by Premier League club Arsenal in September 2003.

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2. Cesc Fabregas broke several of the club's records in the process, earning a reputation as one of the best players in his position, and won the FA Cup in 2005.

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3. Internationally, Cesc Fabregas made his debut for the Spanish national team in March 2006.

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4. Cesc Fabregas represented his country in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2008, 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2010 World Cup, Euro 2012, 2013 Confederations Cup, the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016.

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5. Cesc Fabregas was a key figure in Spain's European Championship victories in 2008 and 2012 and their 2010 World Cup triumph in which he supplied the pass for Andres Iniesta's winning goal in the final.

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6. On 12 October 2015, Cesc Fabregas earned his 100th cap for Spain.

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7. Cesc Fabregas began his club football career with CE Mataro before being signed for Barcelona's La Masia youth academy aged ten in 1997.

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8. Cesc Fabregas signed his first professional contract with Arsenal in September 2004, which committed his long-term future to the club.

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9. Cesc Fabregas concluded his season by winning his first honours with Arsenal when he was in the starting eleven that defeated Manchester United on penalties in the 2005 FA Cup Final.

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10. Cesc Fabregas featured regularly in the Arsenal central midfield alongside Gilberto Silva.

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11. Nevertheless, Cesc Fabregas asserted his own style of play and impressed pundits in the Champions League against Real Madrid and Juventus.

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12. Cesc Fabregas ended the season with several individual honours, including the Golden Boy award, presented by the Italian paper TuttoSport, based on a poll of leading writers across Europe.

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13. Cesc Fabregas was named in the 2006 UEFA Team of the Year, and named FA Premier League Player of the Month for January 2007.

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14. Cesc Fabregas knew that he would become the most important player for Arsenal, but stated he was ready for the challenge.

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15. In tandem with Arsenal's policy to groom its young players, the team that Cesc Fabregas led into the new season consisted mostly of the same young nucleus as before, with the likes of Nicklas Bendtner, Gael Clichy, Abou Diaby, Denilson, Samir Nasri, Alex Song and Theo Walcott in tow.

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16. Cesc Fabregas joined a team that had won three La Liga titles in a row and two Champions League titles in three years, and one that featured the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and David Villa.

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17. Cesc Fabregas made his debut in the second leg of the Supercopa de Espana, coming on as a substitute against Real Madrid.

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18. Cesc Fabregas drew a red card in the 90+4th after being the target of a dangerous challenge from Marcelo.

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19. Cesc Fabregas completed 123 passes, the most by any player on either side.

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20. Cesc Fabregas saw his first league action since September in a game against Manchester City on 3 December 2016.

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21. Cesc Fabregas came off the bench against West Bromwich Albion on 11 December 2016 and immediately made an impact on the deadlocked match, finding Diego Costa with a long ball that led to the winning goal.

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22. On 14 December 2016, Cesc Fabregas led Chelsea to their tenth consecutive league victory with his first league goal of the season, scoring in the 40th minute against Sunderland.

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23. On 4 February 2017, Cesc Fabregas scored against former club Arsenal when he collected goalkeeper Petr Cech's poor clearance and chipped the ball back over him.

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24. Cesc Fabregas played the entire 90 minutes in the final.

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25. On 11 January 2019, Cesc Fabregas signed for Monaco on a deal until June 2022.

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26. On 1 August 2022, Cesc Fabregas was unveiled as a new player for Serie B club Como, signing a two-year contract.

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27. In that game, Cesc Fabregas became the youngest player capped for Spain in 70 years, beating Sergio Ramos' record.

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28. On 15 May 2006, Cesc Fabregas was selected for the Spanish 2006 FIFA World Cup squad.

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29. Cesc Fabregas was selected as a part of del Bosque's 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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30. Cesc Fabregas earned his 100th cap on 12 October 2015, becoming the tenth Spaniard to do so, in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Ukraine with Spain already qualified.

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31. Cesc Fabregas started all of Spain's matches at the finals, being substituted in each of the three group games and playing the entirety of the defeat by Italy in the Round of 16 which ended their participation.

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32. Cesc Fabregas was not selected for the Spain squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup; he instead joined the BBC as a studio analyst for the tournament.

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33. At Barcelona, Cesc Fabregas continued to play a prominent midfield and playmaking role, although he was moved into a more offensive position than that which he had occupied at Arsenal.

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34. In July 2013, Cesc Fabregas won a court case over the marital home with Semaan's ex-husband.

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35. In 2011, Cesc Fabregas signed a sponsorship deal with German sportswear and equipment supplier, Puma.

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36. Cesc Fabregas appeared in an advert for the new Puma PowerCat 1.12 in September 2011 and was one of the flagship wearers of Puma's PowerCat range of football boots.

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37. In 2012, Cesc Fabregas signed an endorsement deal with Soul Electronics to sport Ludacris' signature line of headphones.

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