‘We love you’ – Lionel Messi sends Cesc Fabregas emotional, heartfelt message after former Arsenal and Chelsea star’s retirement announcement

Lionel Messi has paid tribute to Cesc Fabregas in a heartfelt message following his retirement announcement.

On Saturday, the former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder confirmed he was ending his career at the age of 36.


Fabregas and Messi first played together as kids in La Masia, then linked up to win LaLiga togetherCredit: JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images

Fabregas began his career in the Barcelona academy before making the move to Arsenal in 2003.

This is where he first met Lionel Messi and developed a friendship which only strengthened when they reunited as Fabregas returned to Barcelona in 2011.

The pair remain close to this day, prompting Messi to take to Instagram and post a tribute to his friend following his retirement announcement.

Messi’s post read: “You already know all the good we think of you and your family, @CescF4bregas.

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“You’re a crack and we’ll continue to spend many moments together.

“We love you a lot and wish you all the best in your new stage friend!!! Huge hug.”

Fabregas made his retirement announcement in an Instagram post of his own.

He said: “It is with great sadness that the time has come for me to hang up my playing boots.

“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.

“All those who have helped me, my teammates, coaches, directors, presidents, owners, fans and my agent.

“To all my family, from my parents and my sister to my wife and kids, I cherish your advice, mentorship and guidance.

“To my opponents who tried to knock me, thank you for making me stronger. It has already been more than worth it with all the great memories and friends that I have made on the way.

“I’ve also learnt three languages and became more compassionate and wiser along my travels.

“I lived experiences that I never thought in a million years I would even come close to.

“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. 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.

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“I loved every minute. Cesc.”

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