At age 10, he joined soccer club FC Barcelona's youth academy, a renowned training ground for some of the sport's most promising young players.
In the summer of 2003, Fàbregas showcased his impressive talent in the FIFA U-17 World Championship in Finland, where the playmaker led Spain to a second-place finish, captured the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player and received the Golden Boot award for becoming the tournament's top scorer.
He was a key figure in Spain's European Championship victories in 20 and their 2010 World Cup triumph in which he supplied the pass for Andrés Iniesta's winning goal in the final.
After a protracted transfer saga, Fàbregas left London on 15 August 2011 to return to Barcelona in a deal worth up to £35 million.
During his three-year spell at the Camp Nou, Fàbregas played alongside Xavi and Andrés Iniesta and won a La Liga title, the Copa del Rey, the FIFA Club World Cup, the UEFA Super Cup and two Spanish Super Cups.
‘Antonio Conte will have learned a lot from the Palace game,’ he said.
‘There was the adaptation to allow Cesc to play which was totally understandable.