Former Arsenal midfielder, Cesc Fabregas has retired from professional football.
The Spanish player featured last season in Italy for Serie B club Como, playing 17 times.
Fabregas who signed a two-year deal with the club ended his playing career just 12 months into his contract in Italy.
The erstwhile Chelsea star has 110 caps for Spain, lifting the World Cup in 2010 after assisting Andres Iniesta’s winning goal in the final, as well as winning the European Championship in 2008 and 2012.
Fabregas made his first appearance for the Gunners in 2003 at the age of 16.
The Spaniard flied Arsenal colours for eight years, before rejoining his boyhood club – Barcelona.
In 2014, the Monaco forward signed for Chelsea.
Amid mixed feelings, Fabregas stated, “It is with great sadness that the time has come for me to hang up my playing boots,” Fabregas wrote on social media.
He continued, “From my first days at Barca, Arsenal, Barca again, Chelsea, Monaco and Como, I will treasure them all. From lifting the World Cup, the Euros, to winning everything in England and Spain and nearly all the European trophies, it has been a journey that I’ll never forget.”
He, alongside Jack Wilshere had a stint at Arsenal last season, working with the club’s youth teams.
Fabregas revealed that he would stay back at the club to take up a coaching role.
“It’s not all sadness though as I’m now going to cross the white line and start coaching the B and Primavera teams of Como 1907,” Fabregas continued.
“A club and a project I couldn’t be more excited about. This charming football team won my heart from the first minute and came to me at the perfect time in my career. I will grab it with both hands.
“So after 20 incredible years full of sacrifice, dedication and joy, it’s time to say thank you and goodbye to the beautiful game.”