Former Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea midfield maestro, Cesc Fabregas has announced his retirement from football at the age of 36.
The midfielder, who spent his final season as a professional footballer with second-tier Italian side Como, wrote on social media, “With great sadness the time has come to hang up my boots.
“I’ve had experiences I never thought I’d even come close to in a million years.” he stressed.
Fabregas will now take up a coaching role with Como.
“I’m not sad, because I’m about to start a new path: coaching the B and Primavera team of Como 1907. A club and a project I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about. This team won my heart from the first minute, we met at the perfect moment in my career. I will give my all in this new adventure
“I loved every minute. Cesc.” Fabregas added.
Fabregas earned 110 caps for Spain in an international career which saw him win back-to-back European Championships and the World Cup in between those feats.
The Spaniard began his career at Barcelona’s La Masia, but made his professional debut for Arsenal at 16 and spent eight seasons in north London before returning to Catalonia.