Former Spain, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Barcelona legend Cesc Fabregas has announced his retirement from professional football, bringing an end to his star-studded career.

The 36-year-old midfielder, who plays for Italian side Como in Serie B made the announcement on Twitter: “ It is with great sadness that the time has come to hang up my playing boots.”

Fabregas, a World Cup winner with the Spanish national team, achieved remarkable triumphs throughout his career. He secured two Premier League titles with Chelsea and won the La Liga title with Barcelona.

Reflecting on his decision, Cesc Fabregas stated: “It is not all sadness, though, as I’m now going to cross the white line and start coaching the Primavera teams of Como 1907.” He emphasised his excitement about this new role and expressed his admiration for the club and its project.

Career to remember

The football icon, who joined Arsenal from Barcelona’s youth academy, became the youngest player in the history of the London club when he made his debut at the age of 16 years and 177 days in a League Cup game in October 2003. Fabregas eventually became the captain of Arsenal before returning to Barcelona in 2011, following Spain’s World Cup victory in South Africa the previous year. He was also part of the Spanish team that won consecutive European Championships in 2008 and 2012.

During his time at Barcelona, Fabregas claimed the 2012-13 Spanish league title. However, he made another return to the Premier League, this time with Chelsea in 2014, helping the Blues secure league crowns in 2015 and 2017. In 2019, Cesc Fabregas moved to the French league club Monaco, but his playing time was limited due to injuries. Last summer, he joined Como, but his retirement comes one year into his two-year contract.

In his heartfelt retirement message, Fabregas expressed gratitude for the clubs he played for, including Barca, Arsenal, Chelsea, Monaco, and Como.

“From my first days at Barca, Arsenal, Barca again, Chelsea, Monaco and Como, I will treasure them all,” Fabregas wrote. “From lifting the World Cup, the Euros, to winning everything in England and Spain and nearly all the European trophies, it has been a journey that I’ll never forget.”

“This charming football team won my heart from the first minute and came to me at the perfect time in my career.

“So after 20 incredible years full of sacrifice, dedication and joy, it’s time to say thank you and goodbye to the beautiful game.

“I loved every minute.”