Cesc Fabregas announced himself to English football at 16-years-old — it seems like he’s been around forever.
The Spaniard is often overlooked in the discussions about the Premier League’s greatest ever midfielders.
It’s time that we all start to give the maestro the credit he deserves.
On Saturday, the ex-Arsenal and Barcelona man scored the winner against Swansea and in doing so joined an illustrious group of names.
Fabregas netted his 50th Premier League goal and became the first overseas player to reach that landmark while also having provided 100 assists in the competition.
The midfielder summed up his thoughts in a short but sweet tweet…
Only three other players have achieved the feat before the Spaniard – Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Ryan Giggs.
The landmark goal proves that Fabregas is up there with the very best playmakers the league has hosted.
The Spaniard only trails Giggs in the list of the Premier League’s top assist providers.
His tally of 111 puts him ahead of Steven Gerrard, Dennis Bergkamp, David Beckham and even the mighty James Milner.
The midfield wizard made his debut for Arsenal in October 2003, becoming the Gunner’s youngest ever first team player, aged just 16 years and 177 days.
Until earlier this month, Fabregas was still the highest scoring midfielder to play under Arsene Wenger with 57 goals, before Aaron Ramsey leapfrogged him.
Fabregas broke Arsenal hearts when he left to make his inevitable return to Barcelona in 2011, before returning to London three years later, joining Chelsea for £30million.
Following his arrival back to English football, the former Arsenal captain finally got his hands on the Premier League trophy which eluded him for so long during his spell with the Gunners.
A starting spot at Chelsea has not always been assured under Antonio Conte, but whenever he features, Fabregas’ qualities are there for all to see.
The midfielder is coming to the end of his fourth season in West London and his future at the club is in some doubt this summer.
The Spaniard has started 23 of Chelsea’s 35 Premier League matches this season and has 15 months remaining on his current deal at Stamford Bridge.
It is possible that this could be the last season we see Fabregas plying his trade in England’s top flight.
If so, then the midfielder should be remembered fondly on these shores and his talents put up there with the league’s very best.
Could this tweet from Fabregas offer some clue into his future plans?
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