LONDON — Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas announced on Saturday that he will retire from football at the age of 36, almost 20 years after making his Arsenal debut at the age of 16.
The 2010 World Cup winner was announced on Twitter last summer, a year after he signed a two-year contract with Italian second division side Como.
“It’s very unfortunate that the time has come for me to stop playing as a player,” Fabregas said.
After joining Arsenal from Barcelona’s academy, he made his League Cup debut in October 2003 at the age of 16 years and 177 days, making him the club’s youngest ever player.
He later became captain of Arsenal, but left the club to return to Barcelona in 2011, the year after he helped Spain win the World Cup in South Africa.
He was also part of the Spanish team that won back-to-back European Championships in 2008 and 2012.
He won the Spanish league title in 2012-13 with Barcelona, but left the club a year later to return to the Premier League with Chelsea, helping the Blues win the league in 2015 and 2017.
In 2019, he moved to Monaco in the French league, where he made 68 appearances before signing for Como last summer.
“From my first days at Barça, Arsenal, Barça again, Chelsea, Monaco, Como, I cherish them all,” Fabregas wrote. “From winning the World Cup and the Euros, to all the victories in England and Spain, and almost every European trophy, it has been a journey that I will never forget.”