Cesc Fabregas

Francesc “Cesc” Fabregas Soler is a Spanish World Cup-winning midfielder who plays for Chelsea. He was born on 4 May 1987 in Barcelona, Spain.


A product of Barcelona’s La Masia academy, Cesc was snapped up by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in 2003 at the age of 16. Fabregas became Arsenal’s youngest ever first team player aged 16 years and 177 days in a League Cup match against Rotherham United. In the following round of the competition he became Arsenal’s youngest ever goalscorer. Although Arsenal won the Premier League that season, Cesc did not feature in the competition, and would have to wait a decade before getting his hands on the trophy.


Cesc spent eight seasons at Arsenal, eventually becoming the club’s captain and most important player. In that time, Cesc scored 57 goals in 303 appearanes for the club and was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year for the 2007-08 season. But with only one FA Cup and a Community Shield win to his name, Cesc decided to fulfil his dream and go back home to Barcelona in what became a drawn-out and controversial transfer saga.


Cesc signed for Barcelona in August 2011 for an initial fee of €29 million. In his three seasons at the club, Fabregas won six trophies, including the 2012-13 La Liga title. Despite that, his dream move did not pan out as he’d hoped. Fabregas moved back to England to join Chelsea in August 2014, winning the Premier League and League Cup trophies in his debut season.


What Cesc lacks in pace and physicality, he more than makes up for in his technique. His ability to not only read the game, but also control it, makes him one of the Premier League’s greatest central midfielders. Fabregas’s vision means he is capable of making a defence-splitting pass at any moment. That, in addition to his set-piece taking abilities, has made Cesc as assist-machine. Fabregas racked up 18 League assists in his first season with Chelsea, continuing where he left off with Arsenal.


Having represented Spain at various youth levels, Cesc made his senior debut in 2006. To date, he has nearly 100 caps to his name, two European Championship titles and a World Cup Winners Medal. Fabregas bagged the assist for Iniesta’s winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final.