Adored at Arsenal and liked at Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas has made 501 appearances, scored 79 goals and gained six main trophies in his 12 years in England.
The youngest Arsenal player – and youngest non-Englishman – to attain within the Premier League, he’s certainly one of solely 5 Spaniards to have scored 50 or extra goals within the competitors.
As he joins Ligue 1 side Monaco – managed by his former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry – on a three-and-a-half year deal, we take a look at three issues Fabregas has been liked for off the pitch.
‘The Battle of the Buffet’
There’s just one place to start out.
If you are not conscious of ‘Pizzagate’ – in any other case often called the ‘Battle of the Buffet’ – image the scene: Manchester United have just overwhelmed Arsenal 2-Zero at Old Trafford. It’s a end result that ends the Gunners’ 49-match unbeaten run. After the game, players and officials from either side conflict within the tunnel and, as tempers flare, punches will not be the one factor thrown – United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is hit by a bit of flying pizza.
Football’s personal ‘whodunnit’ unfolds over the subsequent 13 years till Fabregas lastly admits he was the culprit.
“I heard noises (from the tunnel) and I believed ‘what’s taking place?’ – so I am going out with my slice of pizza and I noticed Sol Campbell, Rio Ferdinand, Martin Keown… everybody pushing one another,” he stated.
“I used to be like ‘I wish to get in’ however I do not know tips on how to and I just threw it. I apologise, Sir Alex, I actually did not imply to do this!”
We cannot suppose too many (if any!) Premier League players who would have had the cojones to come clean with hitting Fergie – hairdryer and all – with a slice of pizza!
Fabregas was given loads of grief on social media when he made his punditry debut for the BBC ultimately year’s World Cup in Russia.
Presenter Gary Lineker even jumped on the bandwagon, asking: “When does the flight take off?”
Fabregas laughed and responded that he acquired a “two for one” deal on the shirts, and carried on carrying them all through the match.
The Messi bromance
Fabregas got here by Barcelona’s La Masia academy with Lionel Messi, and so they have been first-team colleagues from 2011-2014.
Despite Fabregas’ 12 years in England, the 2 have remained shut buddies and often make us jealous with Instagram posts from their luxurious holidays.
Fabregas even gave Lineker a signed Messi shirt when the 2 met for an interview final season.