Cess Fabregas is an incredibly lucky man.
Any player who has appeared for Barcelona, Arsenal and Chelsea is clearly good at football and the Premier League is incredibly fortunate to have a World Cup and European Championship among its ranks.
Appearing for three of Europe’s best teams has afforded the midfielder the opportunity to play with some of the greatest players on the planet, and it’s probably not a good idea to ask Fabregas who his most skilful teammates have been for fear that he will never stop talking.
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But that’s exactly what Squawka have done, and, as expected Fabregas had a hard time giving his answer.
Perhaps to the disappointment of Eden Hazard - and a reflection of the Belgian’s disappointing season - he wasn’t included on his Chelsea pal’s list.
Rather oddly, Alex Hleb was.
“Messi, Neymar… Alex Hleb is very skilful,” the Spaniard replied. “Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry - there have been so many!”
Fabregas bore much of the brunt for Jose Mourinho’s dismissal from Chelsea in December. The 28-year-old was accused of saying he would “rather lose than win for Mourinho”, and, though the Portuguese himself refuted those claims, the fans turned against Fabregas.
One supporter brought a banner to a home game that read: “The 3 rats - Hazard, Cesc and Costa”.
But the Spaniard has won fans around with an impressive second half to the season.
The former Arsenal man recorded 18 assists as Chelsea cruised to the Premier League title last term and he said that creating goals has always been his main aim.
“I always wanted to set up goals,” Fabregas added. “I have never been selfish, I always tried to be a passer.”
His tally of four this season is a reflection of Chelsea’s disappointing season. The Blues are 10th in the table and look set to miss out on European football for the first time since 2003.
Spain are attempting a three-peat
He will have to pick himself up for the summer’s European Championship in France, where Spain are hoping to win the tournament for the third-straight time.
Having won the tournament in 2008 and 2012, you would be forgiven for thinking La Roja lack the motivation to make it a hat-trick.
But that couldn’t be further from the truth, according to Fabregas, who said Spain are “obsessed” with winning titles.
“All the players have a very high level and we all have our own individual moments,” he admitted in an interview with Goal last year.
“It is up to each one to show their level when they go out on the pitch and the coach has succeeded in forming a great group."
“All of us that are here have that winning mentality. And we are obsessed about being champions. It is that unity that makes us stronger."
Spain have a score to settle following their embarrassing exit from the 2014 World Cup.
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