When it comes to accolades, Cesc Fabregas stands tall among his peers despite his petite frame. Among a handful of trophies, the Spaniard has won the FIFA World Cup, Premier League and FA Cup twice.
Yet the Chelsea midfielder would definitely relish his new title – a place in the 2019 Guinness World Record for most assists in the Premier League.
Fabregas garnered 100 assists in the English top flight in the shortest amount of time.
He achieved this feat in just 293 matches, 74 fewer appearances than the previous record holder, Ryan Giggs (367 matches).
“I’m not the fastest, I’m not the strongest, I’m not the most flexible, I don’t jump high,” Fabregas told GWR. “But to achieve this record in my career is one of the proudest things in my job, because it is my job and I did it well.”
Fabregas smashed the record in 2016 when the Blues star laid on Willian to score their side’s second goal in a 4-2 win over Stoke at Stamford Bridge.
According to the playmaker, learning the ropes with the youth teams at Barcelona and getting to train alongside some truly great players during his time at Arsenal helped hone his craft.
“In the middle of training, I’d just had my mouth open. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” he said. “The first touches of Dennis Bergkamp, the finishing of Thierry Henry, the presence of Patrick Vieira, I was very fortunate.”
Fabregas also holds the record for most volley passes in 30 seconds by a pair – hitting 15 with Jamie Redknapp on Sky 1’s ‘A League of their Own’ in 2017.
The Spaniard, however, isn’t having the best of time under Maurizio Sarri. Fabregas has featured just four times and is yet to start a Premier League game.
Atletico Madrid is among potential suitors for the ex-Arsenal skipper.