One of the finest midfielders to have graced the Premier League, Cesc Fabregas's career at Chelsea was unforgettable. On his birthday we take a look back at some of the Spaniard's landmark moments as a Blue.
Brace of assists on competitive club debut, 2014/15
"If I didn't think that I'd be happy at Chelsea, I would've never made this decision."
These were the words of our midfield magician when he signed for the club in 2014, and he certainly hit the ground running on his competitive debut vs Burnley. Providing two assists for us in a 3-1 victory, Fabregas would go on to be nominated for Premier League Player of the Month for August.
First Premier League title, 2014/15
Delivering inch-perfect passes for Diego Costa and Willian to latch on to throughout the 2014/15 season, Cesc Fabregas registered more Premier League assists than any other player that season. His incredible season helped to secure a fourth Premier League title for Chelsea and a first for the midfield magician.
Fastest to reach 100 Premier League assists, 2016/17
When we welcomed Stoke City to Stamford Bridge on New Year's Eve in 2016, little did we know that it would be as thrilling as it was. The match finished 4-2, with Fabregas registering a brace of assists to reach 100 Premier League assists in just his 293rd game. This earned him a spot in the 2019 Guiness Book of World Records as the fastest ever player to reach 100 Premier League assists.
Goalscorer on his 300th Premier League appearance, 2016/17
In 2017, Cesc Fabregas stepped out onto the pitch against Swansea City for his 300th Premier League appearance, becoming the first Spanish player to do so. He opened the scoring in what would turn out to be a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge, sending us 11 points clear at the top of the table. What a way to mark your landmark achievement!
Leading assists provider for the Blues, 2016/17
Having entered the season as a seemingly smaller part of Antonio Conte’s plans, Fabregas’s versatility would soon see him playing a hugely important role in winning our fifth Premier League title. Whether playing as a winger in a front three with Diego Costa and Eden Hazard or coming off the bench to provide the required creativity in midfield to complement N'Golo Kante’s play, Fabregas was integral to the sides success. This led to Cesc having the highest number of assists for us that season, ahead of the likes of Hazard, Willian, and Pedro.