Barcelona’s Latest Signing Cesc Fabregas Factfile

Nou Camp seal the deal for Emirates skipper.

Born: May 4, 1987 in Arenys de Mar, Spain

* Developed through Barcelona’s youth ranks before moving to Arsenal as a 16-year-old in 2003.

* The 24-year-old came through Barcelona’s youth academy at the same time as World Player of the Year Lionel Messi before signing for Arsenal in September 2003.

* Became the London club’s youngest first-team player in October 2003, when he made his debut against Rotherham United in the League Cup aged 16 and 177 days.

* Also became Arsenal’s youngest goalscorer when he netted against Wolves in a 5-1 win that December.

* According to Opta, he created 466 goalscoring chances over the past five English Premier League seasons, more than any other player.

* In 2008, even though he had been an Arsenal regular since 2004, he was still young enough to win the PFA’s Young Player of the Year Award, aged only 21.

* He only won an FA Cup medal during his time at Arsenal (2005), while Barca have claimed a total of 13 trophies including three Champions League titles, five Spanish league titles and a King’s Cup.

* At international level, Fabregas has struggled to hold down a regular starting place in a Spanish team with a rich crop of midfielders, including Barcelona trio Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets and Real Madrid’s Xabi Alonso.

*But he scored the winning penalty in the Euro 2008 quarter-final shootout against Italy, a victory that is seen as a turning point in Spain’s international fortunes.

* Also played the ball through to Iniesta for his dramatic winning goal in last year’s World Cup final.

* Played 212 League games for Arsenal scoring 35 goals and in total made 305 appearances, scoring 57 goals. He has played 58 times for Spain, scoring six goals.

* Through the summer months, for the third successive year, was linked with a move back to Barcelona, which was finally completed on August 15, signing a five-year deal.

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