Cesc Fàbregas retires from football

Fifteen years after scoring an almost iconic penalty for Spanish football in the 2008 Euro Cup against Italy, Cesc Fàbregas (36 years old, Arenys de Mar) hangs up his boots. This is the farewell message from the Spanish footballer, formerly of Arsenal, Barcelona, ​​Chelsea. Monaco and Como, a club in which he owns a stake. An announcement that has been double, since now he will sit on the bench.

After 21 seasons playing as a professional, the time has come to hang up my boots… I will never forget my first days at Arenys, Mataró, Barça, Arsenal, the return to Barça, Chelsea, Monaco and the As.

I have lifted the World Cup, two European Cups, won everything in England and Spain and almost all the European trophies. It has been a trip impossible to forget. All of you who have helped me, my teammates, coaches, directors, presidents, owners, fans and my agent, a heartfelt thank you. To the opponents, thank you for making me stronger. And to all my family, from my parents and sister to my wife and children, thank you for your advice, help and guidance on this long and incredible journey.

I’ve had experiences that I never thought in a million years I’d come close to. I have learned 3 languages ​​and I can say that it has made me more compassionate and wise. It has been so worth it for all the great memories and friends I’ve made along the way.

Cesc, with Chelsea.
Cesc, with Chelsea.darren walshChelsea FC via Getty Images

But it’s not all sadness Now a new challenge also begins. I am happy to announce that I am going to cross the white line and start training Team B and Primavera del Como 1907, a club and a project that I am very excited about.. This wonderful club has won my heart from the first minute and it came to me at the perfect moment in my career, I will give everything in my power. So, after 20 incredible years filled with sacrifice, dedication and joy, all that remains is for me to say thank you and say goodbye to this wonderful sport as a player. I have enjoyed every minute on the pitch”.

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An incredible track record

Cesc Fàbregas has played more than 350 games in the Premier League, almost 100 games in the Spanish League, 104 appearances in the Champions League for an almost unique record of success. The little thorn, who never reached the Champions League. Yes, a World Cup (2010) and two Euro Cups with Spain.

He was world champion with Barcelona in 2012. And in the Europa League with Chelsea in 2019. It was with Stamford Bridge when he won his two Premiers. In total 17 titles and 110 international times with the Spanish National Team.

Palmares Cesc Fabregas

  • Spain: Euro 2008 and 2012; World Cup 2010
  • Arsenal: Community Shield 2004 and 2005; FA Cup 2005
  • Barcelona: Club World Cup 2012; European Super Cup 2012; Spanish league 2013; Cup 2012 and Spanish Super Cup 2012 and 2014
  • Chelsea: Premier 2015 and 2017; League Cup 2015; FA Cup 2018; Europa League 2019

Cesc Fàgregas dazzled very soon at Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal. He debuted with the first team gunners at the age of 16, after leaving La Masía. The Spaniard spent eight seasons at Arsenal: between 2003 and 2011. Guardiola wanted him back at the Camp Nou and signed him in the summer of 2011.He played three seasons for the Catalans, until 2014, before leaving for Chelsea (2014-2019).

Back in the day |  Cesc Fàbregas celebrates his penalty against Italy in Euro 2008.
Back in the day | Cesc Fàbregas celebrates his penalty against Italy in Euro 2008.RFEF

The last years of football were divided between Monaco (2019-2022) and Como, from Serie B, an Italian team of which it is part owner. Now he will continue in Italy as coach of the lower categories of the transalpine team. Cesc is leaving, a part of the history of Spain is leaving. A penalty goal has never been so celebrated in this country.

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