Cesc Fabregas retires from professional football at age of 36

Former Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has announced his retirement from football at the age of 36.

Spain awarded Fabregas 110 caps in his international career, during which he won the European Championships back-to-back and the World Cup between them.

The Spaniard began his career at La Masia in Barcelona before making his professional debut for Arsenal at the age of 16 and spending eight seasons in north London before returning to Catalonia.

After winning the FA Cup with Arsenal, Fabregas went on to win LaLiga, the Copa del Rey, the UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup during a three-year stay in Spain.

Fabregas then rejoined Chelsea and won the Premier League twice, first under Jose Mourinho and then under Antonio Conte. For the Blues, he also won the FA Cup and the League Cup.

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The midfielder, who spent his final season as a professional footballer with second-tier Italian side Como, wrote on social media: “With great sadness the time has come to hang up my boots.

“I will cherish every moment, from the early days at Barcelona, ​​Arsenal, back at the Blaugrana, Chelsea, Monaco and finally Como. From the World Cup, to the European Championships, victories in England, Spain, winning European trophies: it was a trip I will never forget.

Fabregas will now take up a coaching role with Como.

He added: “I’m not sad, because I’m about to start a new path: coaching the B and Primavera team of Como 1907. A club and a project I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about. This team won my heart from the first minute, we met at the perfect moment in my career. I will give my all in this new adventure.

“So, after 20 incredible years full of sacrifices, joy and passion, the time has come to say thank you again and say hello to the most beautiful sport in the world.

“I loved every minute. Cesc.”

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