Fabregas’ emotional farewell: ‘Occasion got the better of me’

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Few players have done or seen more winning over the last 15 years than Cesc Fabregas.

[ VIDEO: Fabregas in tears while applauded off pitch by Stamford Bridge ]

From his seven-year stint at Arsenal (one major trophy), to his return to Barcelona (two), to the last five seasons at Chelsea (three), and of course there’s his glittering international career with Spain (back-to-back European Championships either side of the 2010 World Cup), Fabregas has played — and won — with more than a handful of all-time greats.

With his career beginning to wind down and a transfer to Monaco reportedly on the cards, Fabregas exited the field at Stamford Bridge in fitting fashion on Saturday — complete with a few tears — and admitted afterwards that “the occasion got the better” of him. While it seems like Fabregas has been entertaining us for the longest time, he was adamant that it feels like all that time has gone by in the blink of an eye — quotes from the BBC:

“It feels like it was last week that I started playing professionally — and now it’s over 15 years.

“It is a long time and for the young players that start playing, just a little advice: to enjoy it, every single second, because time flies — it goes so fast.

“The occasion got the better of me. I didn’t expect all of this to happen today. And that’s it.”