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Born in Vilassar De Mar, Catalonia, Cesc Fabregas was introduced since the age of nine-months-old to the colors of the Spanish football giant Barcelona. Influenced by the passions of his family and surrounding environment, he was shaped into a supporter of the Catalonian club.
Nevertheless, his first taste of football came very early in a club of a lower stature—Mataro. Soon after, aged 10, Fabregas' talent was spotted by the omnipotent Barcelona scouts who recommended him to their superiors.
And so, Cesc ended up in the club's famous youth academy. Cesc reaped huge success there, often scoring more than 30 goals a season despite playing as a defensive midfielder.
But it was to draw the attention of the outside world and, in this case, the attention of the Arsenal scouts.
Aged only16, Fabregas signed for the North London club, sensing that he will get a better shot at breaking the ranks of the senior team. And he was right.
He made his debut against Rotherham United in the League Cup, breaking the record for youngest player ever fielded, at the tender age of 16 years and 177 days. In the next season, fate, coupled with Wenger's assurance of the young Spaniard's skills, bestowed Fabregas with a first-team spot when injuries of key players, Patrick Vieira, Gilberto Silva and Edu, cleared the way for him. He made over 34 appearances that season, scoring three goals.
In the summer, the rock of Arsenal, Patrick Vieira, was sold to Juventus, which played a vital role for Fabregas to cement his first-spot. Over the stretch of five seasons, he grew from a young kid with mature football attitude into an irreplaceable player who dictated the tempo of the game.
His cutting passes and intelligence split defenses open in a fashionable style that became symbolic for Arsenal's game. Despite his small frame, which at the beginning brought doubts whether he would be able to fill the void of the tenacious, hard-tackling Patrick Vieira, Fabregas did a stellar job, bringing another dimension with his Guardiola-like style of play.
The young Spaniard's growing importance for Arsenal led Arsene Wenger to offer him a long-term contract extending to 2014, which Fabregas gladly signed.
Nevertheless, critics believed that he was far from being a complete player, and in a way they were right, up until the 2007/08 season. Before that season, Fabregas waved his magic wand in midfield but failed to capitalize on the scoring opportunities that had befallen him.
The process of transformation was transparent and soon he started scoring goals from long-range efforts. In total, he finished the season with 13 goals—a hugely impressive number when coupled with the number of assists he managed to produce. Despite another disappointing trophy-less season for Arsenal, Fabregas was set apart from all the others, amassing a small fortune of awards: PFA Young Player of the Year, Player of the Month for August, September and October, and was named in the PFA Team of the Year.
His football brilliance aside, Cesc had something else to help his team with. In 2008, he was granted the captain armband which he still holds, faithfully continuing to serve the club.
By then, even the blind could see the young boy from Catalonia has turned into a real gem of a footballer. Speculations started raining in the summer with the two main contenders in Spain—Real Madrid and Barcelona—in the front seats.
Cesc refused the veracity of the rumors and re-affirmed his desire to win silverware with his team. He stayed for the new season—2010/11.
Seven years after his signing, Cesc Fabregas has become a man that the team revolves around. Without a doubt in anyone's mind, he is the type of player that has the air of legend around him. Only time stands in the way of this sure path.