Cesc Fabregas, the World Cup-winning former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder, has announced his retirement.
Cesc Fabregas, a former Arsenal, Barcelona, and Chelsea midfielder, has declared his retirement from football.
The 36-year-old ends a career that saw him win the World Cup with Spain, the Premier League twice with Chelsea, and La Liga with Barcelona.
“It is with great sadness that the time has come for me to hang up my playing boots,” Fabregas wrote on Instagram.
He concludes his career one year into a two-year contract with Italian Serie B club Como.
Fabregas said he will now take over as manager of Como’s reserve and youth teams.
“It’s not all bad news, though, because I’m about to cross the white line and start coaching the Como 1907 B and Primavera teams,” he continued. “I couldn’t be more excited about this club and this project.”
“From the first minute, this charming football team won my heart and came to me at the perfect time in my career.”
“So, after 20 incredible years of sacrifice, dedication, and joy, it’s time to thank you and bid farewell to the beautiful game.”
“I loved every minute.”
After rising through the ranks of the La Liga giants’ youth system, he went on to play 212 Premier League games and win the FA Cup with Arsenal between 2004 and 2011, before returning to Barcelona.
He returned to the Premier League with Chelsea in 2014 after three years in the Nou Camp, where he played slightly under 200 appearances.
He made 68 appearances for Monaco in three and a half years, although his playing time was limited due to injuries before moving to Como.
Fabregas has 110 caps for Spain and twice won the European Championship, in 2008 and 2012, following the country’s first World Cup victory in South Africa.
“From my first days at Barcelona to Arsenal, Barcelona again, Chelsea, Monaco, and Como, I will cherish them all,” he added.
“From winning the World Cup and the Euros to winning everything in England and Spain and nearly all of Europe, it’s been a journey I’ll never forget.”