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Name Cesc Fabregas
Gender Male
Ethnic Spanish
Job Spanish Footballer
  Arsenal Captain
Desc The Spanish midfielder has won almost everything in the game, but it will be of much regret to both Arsenal fans and Fabregas himself that he never lifted a trophy as captain during his eight years in north London. Joining Arsenal as a teenager, Fabregas became the club’s youngest ever player against Rotherham in a League Cup tie aged 16 years and 177 days, a record which still stands
  When a 15-year-old Cesc Fabregas moved from Barcelona to Arsenal, Gunners fans adopted him as one of their own. He went on to become club captain and one of the most majestic players in the club’s storied history. His status as a World Cup and European Cup champion speaks for itself

Affiliation

Org Spain National Team
Club as Player Chelsea FC
  Barcelona FC
  Arsenal FC

2013 09 04 Retrieve

[Cesc Fabregas on the sale of Mesut Ozil] I was really surprised by Ozil’s departure. He seemed to me the second-best player at Madrid after Cristiano Ronaldo

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Cesc Fabregas on Paul Scholes] He is the one whose level I aspire to. He is the best player in the Premier League

2014 03 01 Retrieve

[Cesc Fabregas on Leo Messi] If there’s any player that carries the weight of the team on his shoulders, it’s Leo Messi. If more has to be asked of him, then three times as much has to be asked of us. Leo has been the most consistent player in world football

2014 09 13 Retrieve

[Cesc Fabregas on himself] Don’t think that I didn’t think [the Arsenal connection before joining Chelsea]. I will always feel a Gunner and I know that I am going to return to the Emirates and I feel that it will be a special moment, but I am committed. Remember that I played a Champions League final against Barcelona! I swear to you that I would have done anything to win that game, despite being a Barcelona fan since I was a kid! So you know that when I play against Arsenal, I will know who I am playing for, who my team-mates are and who I will defend, and I know that the Arsenal fans will understand

2015 01 31 Retrieve

[Cesc Fabregas on whether he ever saw himself signing for Chelsea and playing under Jose Mourinho] Three years ago, no. It just shows you how you can never tell in life, and even more so in football. We (Barcelona) had a very intense rivalry with Mourinho. It never reached the level of hatred, not even close, but there were disagreements with him and [John] Terry too. Chelsea were always the team that I most wanted to beat

2015 05 30 Retrieve

[Cesc Fabregas interrupts an Oscar interview to rib his Chelsea team-mate] You don’t speak English, mate! Three years here and you don’t speak English!

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Cesc Fabregas on Thierry Henry] He was so powerful I’ve never seen a player being so dominant in the Premier League

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[on Patrick Vieira] I don’t think a lot of players have done what he has done for this Club [Arsenal]. He has been a big inspiration for me

2016 01 01 Retrieve

[Cesc Fabregas said of Wenger in 2016. This was the very essence of the Wenger way] He took me when I was only 16, made me a better player, a better person, and was like a second father with the way he treated me

2016 02 13 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] Personally, he (Mourinho) helped me in a very complicated moment of my career and he gives me confidence. I will do whatever he asks. In face-to-face situations he helps me a lot and I respect him for that

2016 04 23 Retrieve

[Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas gave an honest assessment of his poor form during the first half of the English Premier League season] There was a moment after the Bournemouth game where I was in bed. I was so disappointed, so sad, and I said to my wife: ‘I just forgot how to play football.’ It wasn’t me out there. You have the ball and you don’t know what to do with it. Those two or three months were hard. I wasn’t feeling confident at all

2016 06 04 Retrieve

[Cesc Fabregas discusses what could have been for Spain at Brazil 2014] In football confidence is so important, and in certain moments things go right or wrong. I remember in the Netherlands game, which we lost 5-1, we were winning 1-0 and David Silva was one-on-one with the goalkeeper. If he scored that it would have been 2-0, and no chance for them. We’d have probably won and the confidence would have been very different. Instead, straight after that chance they scored, and from then in the second half they were much better than us. So football is about moments [like that].

2017 01 06 Retrieve

[Cesc Fabregas on Silvio Gazzaniga’s FIFA World Cup trophy] That award represents the best thing that can ever happen to a football player. It is a trophy apart, a special award, a particular feeling, a special one. The World Cup is the most beautiful trophy I have ever won and the one which gave me most satisfaction ever. Having it in your hands is more than a dream. It’s small but you can feel the weight. It’s something different to all others

2017 10 21 Retrieve

[Cesc Fabregas reveals his changing perceptions of Jose Mourinho] Jose Mourinho? He was my enemy when he was in Madrid or Chelsea. We were in competitions and we wanted to win against the other. Then I became his player at Chelsea and I was thoroughly behind him. This is football today. I learned a lot from him and I have very positive memories with him that I would keep for life

2018 02 24 Retrieve

[Cesc Fabregas tells that Lionel Messi would thrive if he were to ever move to the Premier League] Without a doubt, he would still be the best [player in England]

2018 03 26 Retrieve

[Former Barca team-mate Cesc Fabregas has since backed Messi’s decision to pick Argentina over Spain, though believes La Roja have missed out as a result] It would have been phenomenal if Leo had played for Spain. We would have won more titles, but he always felt very Argentine and I think it was the perfect decision to play for his country

2018 10 20 Retrieve

[Cesc Fabregas speaking after earning a Guinness World Record for becoming the fastest player to reach 100 Premier League assists] I’m not the fastest, I’m not the strongest, I’m not the most flexible, I don’t jump high. But to achieve this record in my career is one of the proudest things in my job, because it is my job and I did it well

2019 09 07 Retrieve

[Cesc Fabregas says Lionel Messi is a cut above is peers] We’ve seen the likes of Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, amazing players, but Messi has been the best for 15 years. He’s in his 17th season and he’s been the best since he was 18 years old. I’ve seen things you wouldn’t believe

2020 03 15 Retrieve

[Ex-Chelsea star Fabregas loses bet with Caballero and pays up… with clapped-out Range Rover] So, after a player already told the story to the press of what happened one day in 2018 and many people asked me if it’s true, there we go. Many times for many years after training, I stay a little bit longer to take some penalties. I always made little bets with the goalkeepers to put a bit of spice into the challenge. For some reason, I never really missed one. So one day I got too confident and it got a bit out of hand. It was Willy Caballero’s turn and I told him that if he saved it I’d get him a Range Rover. Unfortunately for me, he saved it in front of the whole team so you can imagine how it went […] I went from feeling the most confident, to feeling like the most stupid guy on earth. Everybody obviously was shouting and laughing that I had to pay my debt. I went to a scrapyard and I found a destroyed Range Rover that couldn’t be used at all for £950 so I said, you know what? I’ll get that. The next day they brought it to the training ground and well… I’ll show you the rest on a video. The lesson of the story is: Don’t bet at all at any cost.

2020 03 21 Retrieve

[Cesc Fabregas recounts an embarrassing high-stakes wager he made with former Chelsea team-mate Willy Caballero] Many times for many years after training, I stayed a little bit longer to take some penalties. I always made little bets with the goalkeepers to put a bit of spice into the challenge. For some reason, I never really missed one. So one day I got too confident and it got a bit out of hand. It was Willy Caballero’s turn and I told him that if he saved it I’d get him a Range Rover. Unfortunately for me, he saved it in front of the whole team so you can imagine how it went… I went from feeling the most confident to feeling like the most stupid guy on earth.

2020 05 02 Retrieve

[Cesc Fabregas sends a message of support to nurses and doctors on his Twitter page after his grandmother survived COVID-19] She has overcome coronavirus at 95 years of age. Yesterday the test came out negative! My great-grandmother is a super heroine but none of this would have been possible had it not been for the help of the nurses and doctors who are giving their lives at each moment so that we can all be better and live a little bit better during these difficult times