Cesc Fabregas: Why England will miss the Chelsea midfielder off the pitch


Cesc Fabregas has made 501 appearances in English football

Adored at Arsenal and loved at Chelsea, Cesc Fabregas has made 501 appearances, scored 79 goals and won six major trophies in his 12 years in England.

The youngest Arsenal player – and youngest non-Englishman – to score in the Premier League, he is one of only five Spaniards to have scored 50 or more goals in the competition.

Underrated? Maybe.

As he joins Ligue 1 side Monaco – managed by his former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry – on a three-and-a-half year deal, we look at three things Fabregas has been loved for off the pitch.

‘The Battle of the Buffet’

Sir Alex Ferguson says that day “created a division between myself and Wenger, without doubt”

There’s only one place to start.

If you aren’t aware of ‘Pizzagate’ – otherwise known as the ‘Battle of the Buffet’ – picture the scene: Manchester United have just beaten Arsenal 2-0 at Old Trafford. It’s a result that ends the Gunners’ 49-match unbeaten run. After the game, players and officials from both sides clash in the tunnel and, as tempers flare, punches are not the only thing thrown – United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is hit by a piece of flying pizza.

Football’s own ‘whodunnit’ unfolds over the next 13 years until Fabregas finally admits he was the culprit.