On the 1st of July 2023, Cesc Fabregas, one of the world’s finest midfielders in football to ever grace the pitch, announced his retirement from football at the age of 36. It’s a perfect time to examine Cesc Fabregas Career Stats.
Fabregas’ career is indeed a beautiful one with so many achievements, accolades and honours to his name.
After bidding farewell to our beautiful game, we’ve decided to remember and acknowledge the career path of one of the best midfield maestros to ever play the game of football.
How It All Started – Fabregas Youth Career
Francesc Fabregas Soler, commonly known as Cesc Fabregas is a Spanish football player born on the 4th of May 1987 in Arenys de Mar, Barcelona, Catalonia. Having been born and brought up in Catalonia, he developed a strong love for Barcelona Football Club.
Fabregas started his football career when he joined CE Mataro at the age of 8. In 1997, Barcelona’s Youth Academy signed him at 10, spending six years at the club. Despite his impressive performance are the youth team, he wasn’t given an opportunity to start for Barcelona’s first team at Camp Nou.
After figuring out how difficult it would be for him to break into Barcelona’s first team, Fabregas joined Arsenal’s Academy in 2003 at the age of 16.
Just one month after the young Spaniard joined Arsenal’s Academy, he was given an opportunity in the first team starting XI, making his debut against Rotherham United in a league cup match at home. This made him the youngest player to start for the Gunners at 16 years and 177 days.
This marked the beginning of Cesc Fabregas’ senior career in professional football.
Fabregas At Arsenal
The 2004/05 season had just begun and Fabregas hoped to get more playing time. An injury to Patrick Vieira gave him the opportunity to make his Premier League debut.
Fabregas spent 7 years in Arsenal’s first team – making 303 appearances, scoring 57 goals and providing 95 assists in all competitions for the Gunners.
He departed the Emirates in 2011 with 1 FA Cup and 2 Community Shields titles. Arsenal fans will always remember him for the good memories he created whilst at their clubs.
Fabregas At Barcelona
Cesc Fabregas made a return to his boyhood club in August 2011 after Barcelona re-signed him for €34m.
His debut didn’t go the way he would’ve wanted as he was sent off in stoppage time against Real Madrid in the second leg of the Supercopa de España after coming in as a substitute although Barcelona went ahead to win the tie 5-4 on aggregate.
He scored his first goal for the Catalans in their 2-0 win against Porto in the UEFA Super Cup tie. Arguably the best season of Fabregas’ career was his debut season at Barca; scoring 15 goals in 48 appearances and providing 20 assists which helped Barca win the Copa del Rey, Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup with major individual honours too, all in the 2011/12 season.
Fabregas only spent three years at Barcelona but those were three years he would never forget; winning 1 La Liga, 2 Spanish Super Cups, 1 Copa del Rey, 1 UEFA Super Cup and 1 FIFA Club World Cup. In total, he made 151 appearances for Barca, scored 42 goals and provided 50 assists. He also achieved his dream of playing for Barcelona’s first team which he couldn’t accomplish earlier in his career.
Fabregas At Chelsea
In June 2014, Fabregas made a return to the Premier League, this time joining Chelsea for €33m.
He wasted no time in delivering his services for the Blues, providing assists in 4 consecutive games and was nominated for EPL Player of the Month in his first month at the club.
Fabregas had a decent debut season for Chelsea, winning his first Premier League title. Fabregas had a successful four and the half year stint at Chelsea – made 198 appearances for the club, and lscored 22 goals and 58 assists.
His goals and assists were vital for Chelsea which won 2 Premier League, 1 Europa League, 1 FA Cup and 1 league cup.
Fabregas At Monaco
Fabregas moved to Monaco for €9m in January 2019. He could only manage 4 goals, 9 assists in 68 games.
He later joined Como. At this point, one could tell he was approaching retirement from football.
Fabregas All Time Club Career Stats
Cesc Fabregas’ career club stats is a very impressive one from a midfielder making 739 appearances, scoring 125 goals and providing 217 assists with 13 trophies won across the five clubs he played for.
Having discussed his club career, it is also important we take a look at his International career with the Spanish National Team.
Fabregas Spanish National Team All Time Stats
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Fabregas’ international youth career started in the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2003. In the tournament, he was the top scorer and voted Player of the Tournament. Unfortunately, Spain lost the final to Brazil.
The following year, Fabregas was involved in the Spanish team that also finished runners-up after losing the final but yet again, he was voted Player of the Tournament.
In 2006, 19-year-old Fabregas was called up to the senior national team, making his debut against Ivory Coast and later that, he was included for the Spanish team for the 2006 World Cup.
After a decent World Cup campaign, he was nominated for Young Player of the Tournament.
The UEFA Euro 2008 saw Spain win their first major title since 1964. Fabregas’ key role in their Euro’s triumph was not overlooked as he was included in the Team of the Tournament.
Although Fabregas was selected in the 2010 World Cup squad, he didn’t start in any of their games – coming on as a substitute in some of their games. Spain won the World Cup and Fabregas became a world champion.
Fabregas scored 2 goals and an assist in the Euro 2012 campaign in which Spain made it to the final and won it.
He featured in four other competitions for Spain, playing his key role in midfield and representing his country very well.
Fabregas had quite a successful international career after he won 2 UEFA Euros and 1 FIFA World Cup.
Fabregas’ numbers from a midfielder’s point of view are really outstanding and his all time stats even makes it more special.
Fabregas All Time Career Stats
In his career, Fabregas was able to make 886 appearances, scored 155 goals and provided over 200 assists with 16 titles to his name.
Football produced one of the biggest talents in Cesc Fabregas and his retirement from football was quite a sad one for us football fans.
With all of his stats, records and honours, where do you rank Cesc Fabregas in all time best midfielders?
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