Francesc "Cesc" Fàbregas Soler is a Spanish footballer who plays for FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team. Fàbregas plays mainly as a central midfielder but has also played as a winger or a second striker on some occasions. Fàbregas started his career as a trainee with Barcelona but was signed by Premier League side Arsenal in September 2003 at the age of 16. He made his debut for Arsenal on 23 October 2003, in a League Cup tie at home to Rotherham United. In the 2004–05 UEFA Champions League, he became the second-youngest goalscorer in the competition's history after scoring the third goal against Rosenborg in a 5–1 win. He kickstarted Arsenal's 2006–07 UEFA Champions League campaign when he scored a brace in a 3–0 win overDinamo Zagreb in a qualifier match. He ended the season with several individual honours, including the Golden Boy award, based on a poll of leading writers across Europe. He was also named in the 2006 UEFA Team of the Year and named FA Premier League Player of the Month for January 2007. In June 2007, he was named Arsenal's Player of the Season, taking in 60% of the votes. The following season, his impressive statistics earned him the O2 Player of the Month award from Arsenal fans for August, September and October, as well as the Premier League Player of the Month for September. He also won the PFA Young Player of the Year award. He went on to establish his profile as Arsenal's starting central midfielder, playmaker and captain.
On 15 August 2011, Barcelona signed Fàbregas for an initial fee of €29 million with a further €5 million. Fàbregas ended his first season at Barcelona by winning the 2011–12 Copa del Rey, 2011 Supercopa de España, 2011 UEFA Super Cup and the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup, notching 15 goals and 20 assists in 48 appearances in all competitions.