When Fabregasâ€™s parents were divorcing and his morale was low, he received a surprise visitor.
â€śIt was my old coach at the Barca youth team where I played with Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi â€“ Rodolfo Borrell,â€ť Fabregas told the Daily Express. â€śHe found out that I was handling the separation badly.
â€śI donâ€™t know how but possibly because he had seen I wasnâ€™t playing well. Pep is and had always been my idol, so they had got together and Pep signed me a Barca jersey which they framed and on it he had written, â€śOne day you will be Barcaâ€™s No4â€ť [the nerve-centre position]. That helped enormously and Iâ€™ll never forget it.â€ť