Former Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has announced his retirement from football at the age of 36.

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 successes.

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.

Having won the FA Cup with the Gunners, Fabregas enjoyed even greater success in Spain as he lifted LaLiga, the Copa del Rey, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup over a three-year stay.

Fabregas then returned to the Premier League with Chelsea and won the title twice, first under Jose Mourinho and then under Antonio Conte. He also won the FA Cup and League Cup for the Blues.

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 will cherish every moment, from the early days at Barcelona, ​​Arsenal, back at the Blaugrana, Chelsea, Monaco and finally Como. From the World Cup, to the European Championships, victories in England, Spain, winning European trophies: it was a trip I will never forget.

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