Belgian winger Eden Hazard, took time to explain the love story between Cesc Fabregas and English football now that he is leaving Chelsea.
The romance between Cesc Fabregas and English football can be traced all the way back to 15 years ago, when the Catalan midfielder started playing for Arsenal at the tender age of 16.
Throughout that time and fifteen years of career later, the Barcelona academy product will say goodbye to English football after two separate spells that have brought him to become one of the most important Spanish players who ever performed in English football.
The whole chemistry that English football specifically had with a player of Fabregas’ characteristics is very hard to explain, this man was already playing as if he was a veteran since he was a teenager and it was mostly due to the style of play he learned at Barcelona.
In fact, we all were under the impression that Fabregas’ perfect club was the Catalan club but he never felt more at home than when he played for a London-based Premier League club.
It’s safe to say that the very best football in Cesc Fabregas’ career came when he played for both Arsenal and Chelsea, there is no telling where he was a better player because he was brilliant for both squads.
📊 Active players with more assists in the Top5 European leagues:
🎯 159 – 🇦🇷 Messi (433 games)
🎯 143 – 🇪🇸 Fàbregas (445)
🎯 129 – 🇩🇪 Özil (361)
🎯 126 – 🇵🇹 Ronaldo (507)
🎯 111 – 🇧🇷 Alves (470)
Good luck in this new stage, Cesc!
Maestro! 🎩 pic.twitter.com/S5K5wUWPC1
— Pedro Stats (@pedro_stats) January 5, 2019
His numbers after a long career in English football that was only interrupted by a short spell in Barcelona, are staggering, to say the least.
Cesc played a total of 501 matches between Arsenal and Chelsea, he scored 81 goals, provided 149 assists in all competitions, won 2 Premier League trophies, 2 FA Cups, 1 Community Shield, and one League Cup between both squads.
But without question, the most impressive stat of his time in English football was his assist record. Being a non-British player, Fabregas became the all-time top assist provider who wasn’t born in the isles and the second best in Premier League history.
Welsh winger Ryan Giggs provided 162 assists for Manchester United during his over two decades of career with the Red Devils, Fabregas stayed second with 111 assists in the competition.
This is just perfect to show that Cesc was very interested in sharing the ball with his teammates, a virtue that always granted him the status of a world-class player and took him to heights that not even he imagined in his wildest dreams.
Fabregas’ career at club level may not be as brilliant as the one he enjoyed with his national team, but he did feel slightly more important for his clubs in English football than for Spain despite his key role in the biggest competitions.
501 appearances, 79 goals and 148 assists in English football.
An emotional Cesc Fàbregas says goodbye to Stamford Bridge. pic.twitter.com/QYcn4xPVcu
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 5, 2019
After breaking down all of the details of Cesc’s career in England, one can more easily understand why there is a special kind of connection between the player and his beloved London.
But there is another aspect that very few people took into account, which is that Cesc Fabregas’ life is more comfortable in London because his family is all settled down there.
When the player went to Barcelona, he didn’t really enjoy his time there because he was away from his family and the offer from Chelsea made perfect sense for him.
Even if his arrival to the Blues was controversial, Cesc was always an exemplary professional and teammates like Eden Hazard explained the perfect example of this.
The Belgian international was questioned what he thinks Fabregas has given to Chelsea throughout his career, to which he replied by saying: “Everything,” said Hazard via Four Four Two.
“In five years, I can say that I was lucky to play with him. Since the beginning, when he came, we saw with the first year we won the double together.”
“A top guy on the pitch, off the pitch, great friend of mine, not just admiration. I hope he will have a good future. He’s a bit old now, but he’s still very good and he will enjoy,” he concluded.
Cesc Fábregas in the Premier League for Arsenal and Chelsea:
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