A World Cup winner, two-time Premier League champion and now a two-time Guinness World holder – Cesc Fabregas’ long list of achievements never fails to amaze even the biggest football fanatics. The Chelsea midfielder added another honour to his already illustrious resume by earning a spot in the 2019 Guinness World Book of Records.
The 31-year-old proudly posed with his latest accolade after it became clear he entered the record book having become the fastest player to reach 100 Premier League assists in the shortest amount of time. Fabregas managed the feat in just 293 matches, some 74 fewer appearances than the previous record holder, Ryan Giggs (367 matches).
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‘I’m not the fastest, I’m not the strongest, I’m not the most flexible, I don’t jump high,’ Fabregas told GWR after receiving the honour. “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.”
The landmark assist came on 31 December 2016 when the Spaniard helped his Chelsea teammate Willian to score their side’s second goal in a 4-2 win over Stoke at Stamford Bridge. That pass from Fabregas set up a resounding win for Blues over Stoke City.
Interestingly, seeing his name featuring in the coveted Guinness World Record book is nothing new to the Spaniard. He earned his first World Record title away from the football pitch and on the set of Sky 1’s ‘A League of Their Own’ back in July 2017.
On the football pitch, Fabregas has carved out a career at being one of the best around in picking out a key pass. The Blues midfielder had also appeared alongside regular team captain and former England and Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp as the joint holder of ‘The most volley passes in 30 seconds by a pair’ with 15 successful passes.
However, Fabegas is not the only one to get himself an entry in the Guinness World Book of Records, renowned players like – Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane are the other entrants in the yearly catalogue. Salah holds the world record for – most goals in a Premier League season (32) and most games scored in during a Premier League season (24). Whereas, English captain Kane also has two records against his name – ‘most of the players scored goals in a calendar year’ (39) and ‘most of the Premier League hat-tricks in a calendar year’ (6).