A product of Barcelona’s La Masia youth academy, Cesc Fabregas first started playing Football in the senior level in the year 2003 at the age of 16, when he was signed by Premier League side Arsenal FC.
After staying in England and achieving a lot of success under Arsene Wenger, Fabregas made a triumphant return to FC Barcelona in the year 2011. Fabregas had a brilliant debut season at the Nou Camp, but in 2014 he made up his mind about leaving Barcelona and was on the move once again. Premier League giants Chelsea FC came calling and the former Gunners captain was back in England, this time in Blues colors.
Fabregas has represented three of the biggest clubs in Football history so far but out of these three tenures let us take an in depth look in which one stand outs the most and which doesn’t.
No. 3: Chelsea FC
Fabregas made an amazing start to his Chelsea career, in the year 2014 and by August was already in contention for player of the month award. His first season at Chelsea was the best he could’ve ever asked for as he won his first Premier League title at the ninth attempt. However, by his second season, things already started to go downhill as then Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was sacked. Fabregas along with teammates Oscar and Diego Costa were criticized by the fans for their poor performance resulting in the dismissal of the Portugese boss.
Under new boss Antonio Conte, Fabregas found himself in the bench more often but time and time again this season he proved Conte how important he is to the Blues providing assists and scoring goals as well every time he comes on to the pitch. Fabregas also made his 300th appearance in the PL and reached 102 assists equaling Frank Lampard in second position. Still playing for The Blues, Fabregas has won the PL Title and the Football League Cup for Chelsea so far.
No.2: Arsenal FC
Fabregas was first signed by Arsenal at the age of 16 but life in England was not very easy for him at first, it took Fabregas months to adjust into the PL system, making his Gunners debut on 28th October, 2003 Fabregas became Arsenal’s youngest ever first team player.
Within the next two years Fabregas was a regular starter in the first team and was already providing assists for the likes of Thierry Henry. Despite gaining a lot of attention from the likes of Real Madrid, Fabregas stayed loyal to the Gunners and was committed to the club. The year 2006 was also very important in Fabregas’ career as he made it into the UEFA Team of the Year and was named FA Premier League Player of the Month for January. Fabregas also had the achievement of becoming Arsenal’s player of the season.
The next season also started in brilliant manner for Fabregas as his start to the season earned him the Player of the Month award for August, September and October as well. In that very same season Fabregas was nominated for PFA Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the year awards for the second year. He won the latter and was also named in PFA Team of the year.
In the year 2008, Fabregas was named Gunners captain and he was as prolific in the scoring and setting up department, for the next few seasons. In the 2009-10 campaign Fabregas once again made it into the PFA Team of the Year. The Gunners captain finally reached his final season for the club as Spanish giants FC Barcelona offered bid after bid and on 15th August, 2011 Fabregas officially signed for Barcelona. After serving for the Gunners for 8 years winning several individual awards and the FA Cup, FA Community Shield and UEFA Champions League Runners-up medal Cesc Fabregas finally bid adieu to North London.
No.1: FC Barcelona
In one of the most protracted transfer sagas in the history of football, Fabregas finally signed for Barca on 15th August, 2011.
Once again Fabregas got off to a dream start, he scored his first goal against Porto as Barcelona won the 2011 UEFA Super Cup. Later in the season, after returning from a hamstring injury Fabregas featured against Brazilian club Santos in the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup, where he scored one goal and helped his team lift the trophy. In the very same season Fabregas featured against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa Del Rey final as FC Barcelona lifted another trophy. Fabregas got off to a dream start as he ended his first season at the club winning 4 trophies including the Supercopa de Espana and scoring 15 goals and 20 assists. He also earned four best midfielder awards.
The next season was also a successful one for Fabregas as he won his first La Liga title of his career. In his last season at the club, Barcelona won the Supercopa de Espana. Despite leaving the club on bad terms, Fabregas found a lot of success as he won a total of 6 major honours within the space of 3 years, scoring a total of 28 goals in 96 appearances for the club.