Happy Birthday Cesc!

While today is a day universally celebrated as an ode to the creation of Star Wars (May the fourth/May the force be with you non-force familiar out there), it is actually a far more important day in the world of football.

One of this generation’s most talented players was brought into the world on this day back in 1987, that player being Chelsea’s own Cesc Fabregas.

Originally schooled in La Masia – the Barcelona school of football venerated worldwide and the motherland of some of the world’s greatest ever football players – Fabregas instead began his career in North London with Arsenal.

The Spaniard’s first season at what was then Highbury back in 2003/04 saw Arsenal go the Premier League season unbeaten to become dubbed the infamous ‘invincibles’, albeit Fabregas featured only three times all season. However, in the years that followed the Gunner’s remarkable achievement, the teenager rose from promising youngster to first team captain, demonstrating himself as one of the best young midfielder’s on the planet.

A return to his boyhood club Barcelona followed, where he enjoyed brilliant success in a team often credited as one of the best ever to grace a football pitch. In three seasons with the Catalan club, Fabregas won all three of Spain’s biggest trophies, including a La Liga title in 2012/13. His success with the Spanish national side – another of history’s greatest ever squads – which overlapped with his time in North London and Spain, saw him earn both World Cup and European Championship winners medals. By the time Fabregas arrived back in London, this time with the Blues in the summer of 2014, he was one of the most decorated players in the world.

Manchester City v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Second Round First Leg
Fabregas (left) was a member of the hugely successful Barcelona squad between 2011-2014.

His success with Chelsea has since continued. Cesc was a vital member of the Premier League title winning squad of 2014/15, and he iis set to win yet another top flight medal come May should Chelsea win their remaining three fixtures of the Premier League season. With 104 Premier League assists to his name, he is also the second highest ever assist maker in top flight history.

Quite a CV. So thank you, Cesc Fabregas, for gracing both the footballing world and of course Stamford Bridge with some of the finest football the planet has had the pleasure of witnessing.

 

 

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