|Cesc Fàbregas Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||May 4, 1987|
Cesc Fàbregas is a Spanish professional soccer player who has represented, as a central midfielder, 3 European giants – Arsenal F.C. (2003–2011) and Chelsea F.C. (2014–2019) in England, and FC Barcelona (2011-2014) in Spain. With Arsenal F.C., he won the FA Cup in the 2004–05 season and the FA Community Shield in 2004. With FC Barcelona, he won the La Liga title in the 2012–13 season, the Copa del Rey in the 2011–12 season, the Supercopa de España twice (2011, 2013), the UEFA Super Cup in 2011, and the FIFA Club World Cup in 2011. With Chelsea F.C., he won the Premier League title twice (2014–15 and 2016–17), the FA Cup in the 2017–18 season, the Football League Cup in the 2014–15 season, and the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Europa League (the second-tier club competition in European soccer, ranking below the UEFA Champions League) in the 2018–19 season. In the twilight of his career, he turned out for the top-tier Monégasque club AS Monaco FC (2019–2022) in France and the 2nd-tier Italian club Como 1907 (2022-Present). At the international level, Cesc represented Spain at the under-16, under-17, under-20, and under-21 tiers before making his senior national debut in March 2006. He was an integral member of the Spanish squads that won the FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) World Cup in 2010; and the UEFA European Championship (aka the Euro) in both 2008 and 2012. These were the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd occasions, respectively, that Spain had won these titles. Cesc played his last senior-level match for Spain in 2016.
Francesc Fàbregas Soler
Cesc, Fab, Fabby, Maki, The Master
Arenys de Mar, Maresme, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
He splits his time between London, England, United Kingdom, and Como, Lombardy, Italy.
Professional Soccer Player
- Father – Francesc Fàbregas, Sr. (Owner of a Property Company)
- Mother – Núria Soler (Owner of a Pastry Company)
- Siblings – Carlota Fàbregas Soler (Younger Sister)
- Others – Claudia (Younger Half-Sister), Àlex Soler (Maternal Grandfather), Suzanna Semaan (Sister-in-Law), Majd Semaan (Brother-in-Law), Romeo Semaan (Brother-in-Law), Nazar Semaan (Brother-in-Law), Amir Semaan (Brother-in-Law)
- 18, 10 – Spain
- 57, 15, 4 – Arsenal F.C.
- 4 – FC Barcelona, Chelsea F.C., Como 1907
- 44, 14, 17, 4 – AS Monaco FC
Cesc Fàbregas’ net worth had been $45 million according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
75 kg or 165.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Cesc has dated –
- Carla Garcia (2004-2011) – He began dating his childhood sweetheart and PR agent Carla Garcia in 2004 but they had parted ways by May 2011.
- Daniella Semaan (2011-Present) – Cesc began dating a Lebanese model named Daniella Semaan, 12 years his senior, in June 2011. The couple eventually got married in May 2018 and has 3 children together – 2 daughters named Lia Fàbregas (b. 2013) and Capri Fàbregas (b. 2015), and a son named Leonardo Fàbregas (b. 2017). Cesc also has a stepdaughter named Maria Taktouk (b. October 1999) and a stepson named Joseph Taktouk (b. June 2003) from Daniella’s past marriage to Lebanese property tycoon Elie Taktouk. In July 2013, Cesc won a court case against Elie over a marital home.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Spanish (Catalan) descent.
- Toned physique
- Side-cropped hair
- Often sports a light stubble
- Has a tattoo on his right elbow
He has been sponsored by –
- Puma SE (German multinational corporation; the 3rd largest sportswear manufacturer in the world)
- Soul Electronics (an American subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based audio equipment company Signeo Design International)
Cesc Fàbregas Facts
- His family members have been lifelong supporters of Spanish giants FC Barcelona. When he was just 9 months old, his grandfather had taken Cesc to his first FC Barcelona match.
- A child prodigy, his soccer career began in 1995, as an 8-year-old, when he joined the youth team of CE Mataró, a Spanish soccer team based in Mataró, Catalonia. It was often reported that his coach at CE Mataró would not select him for the club’s matches against FC Barcelona to hide him from their scouts.
- This tactic did not work for too long, though, and Cesc was later allowed to train with FC Barcelona, his dream club, once a week. In 1997, he was signed up by the famed La Masia (The Farmhouse), a term used for FC Barcelona‘s youth academy. During his time there, he idolized FC Barcelona‘s then-captain Pep Guardiola who would later give Cesc a club shirt (as a consolation) when Cesc’s parents got divorced.
- Although Cesc was a prolific goalscorer for La Masia, often netting more than 30 goals in a season, he did not manage to play a first-team game at Camp Nou, the home stadium (since 1957) of FC Barcelona. Owing to these limited opportunities, he joined the academy team of Arsenal F.C., the third-most successful club in England, in September 2003.
- Although he stayed with the academy team until 2004, he made his senior team debut for the club as early as October 2003 in an EFL Cup (then known as the League Cup, an annual knockout competition in English soccer) match. This made him Arsenal F.C.‘s then-youngest-ever first-team player, aged 16 years and 177 days. A few weeks later, he became the then-youngest goalscorer in the club’s history.
- At the youth level, Cesc was a key member of the Spanish squads that reached the final of both the 2003 FIFA Under-17 World Championship and the 2004 UEFA Under-17 European Championship. On both occasions, he was named the ‘Player of the Tournament’. In the former, he was the joint top goal-scorer of the tournament as well.
- In October 2004, Arsenal F.C.‘s 49-match unbeaten run in the Premier League (the highest level of the men’s English soccer league system) came to an end in rather bizarre circumstances. At the end of the match, a pizza was thrown at Sir Alex Ferguson, the legendary manager of Manchester United F.C., the victors of that match, in the players’ tunnel. Although speculation was rife that Cesc was the culprit, the fact was confirmed only in November 2011 when former Arsenal F.C. player Martin Keown spilled the beans on a phone-in radio show.
- During the 2004–05 season of the UEFA Champions League (the most prestigious club competition in European soccer), he became the then 2nd-youngest goalscorer in the competition’s history.
- In March 2006, Cesc became the youngest player to have played for Spain, at the senior level, in the last 70 years. That year, he also became the 1st Spanish player to have won the Golden Boy award, an annual award that has been presented since 2003 by sports journalists to a young soccer player (under the age of 21), playing in a European nation’s top-tier league, perceived to have been the most impressive during a calendar year (2 halves of 2 separate seasons).
- On June 14, 2006, in Spain’s opening group stage game of the 2006 edition of the FIFA World Cup, a 4–0 win over Ukraine, he came on as a substitute after 77 minutes. This made him the youngest player (19 years and 41 days old) in Spanish history to have participated in a match of the FIFA World Cup.
- In June 2007, Cesc was named Arsenal F.C.‘s ‘Player of the Season’, garnering 60% of the votes polled. He won this award for the 2009−10 season as well.
- In the 2008 edition of the UEFA European Championship, he scored the winning penalty in the penalty shoot-out in Spain’s quarter-final match against Italy. He also provided 2 assists in Spain’s 3–0 win over Russia in the semi-final. He was included in the ‘UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament’ for his performances.
- For the 2007–08 season, Cesc was named the ‘PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association) Young Player of the Year’, an annual award given to the young player who is adjudged to have been the best performer of the season in the English domestic circuit.
- In the final match of the 2010 edition of the FIFA World Cup, he set up the extra-time (116th minute) goal for Andrés Iniesta through which Spain won the game by a 1-0 margin.
- In 2011, Cesc was honored with the ‘Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit’, the 2nd-highest sporting honor accorded by the Government of Spain.
- In the 2012 edition of the UEFA European Championship, he scored the winning penalty in the penalty shoot-out in Spain’s semi-final match against Portugal. In the final match of the tournament, against Italy, he provided the assist for the opening goal of a 4–0 victory. He was included in the ‘UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament’ for his performances.
- In September 2014, Cesc became the first player in the history of the Premier League to have recorded at least one assist in 6 successive games. This streak included 4 assists for Chelsea F.C. and 2 for Arsenal F.C. during the 2010–11 season.
- On May 3, 2015, the day before his 28th birthday, Chelsea F.C. won the Premier League title with 3 matches to spare. This was Cesc’s first Premier League title, in his 9th attempt.
- In October 2015, he earned his 100th cap for Spain, becoming just the 10th Spaniard to have achieved this feat.
- In December 2016, Cesc became the fastest player in Premier League history to have recorded 100 assists. It was his 293rd appearance in the league and his 100 assists had required 74 fewer appearances than the previous record-holder, Ryan Giggs.
- In February 2017, in his 300th Premier League appearance, he reached 102 assists in the competition, equalling Frank Lampard as the league’s second-highest assist provider of all time. As of November 2022, Cesc was 2nd on the list of the most number of assists provided (111) in the Premier League – only behind Ryan Giggs (162).
- After Cesc was not selected in the Spanish squad for the 2018 edition of the FIFA World Cup, he joined the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) as a studio analyst for the tournament.
- In July 2019, he was banned from driving in the United Kingdom, for 6 months, after he was caught speeding.
- In November 2020, Cesc scored the winning goal in a 3–2 result that was AS Monaco FC‘s first win over Paris Saint-Germain F.C. (the most successful club in France) since August 2016.
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