Official | Cesc Fàbregas retires from football

Cesc Fàbregas has retired from football after a 20-year career for club and country.

The 36-year-old had a glittering career, winning trophies with Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona, as well as lifting the World Cup and European Championship twice with Spain.

A classy midfielder, Fàbregas was part of the Spain squad that won the Euros in 2008 and 2012, either side of the country’s first ever World Cup win in 2010.

Fàbregas said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that the time has come for me to hang up my playing boots.

“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.

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

The former midfielder is hanging up his boots at the age of 36 to take charge of the Como B team, the club where he played for the last time in his professional career.

He won 17 titles during his career, a career that started with Arsenal at the age of 16.

Kieran Quaile | GSFN

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