“500 games in English football, the best and most competitive football in the world, what a ride it has been! A proper dream come true to reach these numbers. Another proud moment in my career. I will see you all at the Bridge on Saturday.”
So, Cesc Fàbregas tweeted a few days ago the announced farewell of his audience, which will be, presumably, today at 4:00 pm in the FA Cup against the Forest of Aitor Karanka, of Second Division.
The Catalan is very close to announcing his next commitment – two and a half years plus an optional third – with his new club, Monaco, of Ligue 1. There he will be trained by Thierry Henry, his former teammate and guide in Wenger’s Arsenal. There, in France, he will have the minutes he has barely been able to enjoy this season. Cesc, at 31 years old – who would be 32 in May – is leaving Chelsea after four and a half seasons of service ‘blue’.
After 500 matches
After 500 round matches -more one, today-, Cesc leaves English football with some impressive numbers, better in his time at Arsenal, where he started as a child at 16 and became a captain and referent. Their numbers in terms of assists – 146 among all the tournaments and 111 in the Premier – have only been surpassed in the history of the competition by, Ryan Giggs (United) .
In total, Fàbregas has participated in 12 editions of the Premier League, although not all of them consecutively. He has won two of them, both with Chelsea (2014-15 and 2016-17). But beyond the titles, the legacy of Cesc is synonymous with good football, quality passing, passing game, excellence . And with that legacy he says goodbye today to a hobby that adopted him after the daring move from Arsenal to Chelsea … after passing through Barcelona.