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Ex-Barca and Chelsea midfielder Fabregas retires from Football

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Former Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has announced his retirement from professional football.

The Spaniard, who won the FIFA World Cup and two European Championship titles announced his retirement on his Twitter handle on Saturday.

“After 21 seasons playing professionally, it’s time to hang up your boots…“ Fabregas wrote.

“I will never forget my first days at Arenys, Mataró, Barça, Arsenal, my return to Barça, Chelsea, Monaco and Como.

“I have lifted the World Cup, two European Championships, won everything in England and Spain and almost all the European trophies. It has been a trip impossible to forget.

“All of you who have helped me, my teammates, coaches, directors, presidents, owners, fans and my agent, a heartfelt thank you. To the opponents, thank you for making me stronger.

“And to all my family, from my parents and sister to my wife and children, thank you for your advice, help and guidance on this long and incredible journey.

“I’ve had experiences that I never thought in a million years I’d come close to. I have learned 3 languages ​​and I can say that it has made me more compassionate and wise. It has been so worth it for all the great memories and friends I’ve made along the way.

“But it’s not all sadness, now a new challenge is also beginning, I’m happy to announce that I’m going to cross the white line and start training the B team and Primavera del Como 1907, a club and a project that I’m very excited about. This wonderful club has won my heart from the first minute and it came to me at the perfect moment in my career, I will give everything in my power.

“So, after 20 incredible years filled with sacrifice, dedication and joy, all that remains is for me to say thank you and say goodbye to this wonderful sport as a player.

“I have enjoyed every minute on the field.”

Fabregas, who also featured for AS Monaco, won the FA Cup at Arsenal and also won the Premier League and LaLiga titles at Chelsea and Barcelona respectively

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