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Fabregas reigns for Spain with landmark

26 Feb 2017
Chelsea 3-1 Swansea City

Chelsea player becomes first Spaniard to reach 300 appearances in win over Swansea

It was a special day for Cesc Fabregas in Chelsea's 3-1 defeat of Swansea City, not just because he scored the first goal and set up the second as the Premier League leaders extended the gap over their rivals to 11 points.

The 29-year-old midfielder also celebrated a milestone on Saturday as he became the first Spaniard to make 300 PL appearances.

Fabregas went 15 appearances clear of former Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina, while the nearest current player is Manchester City's David Silva.

Top five PL appearances by Spaniards

Player Appearances
Fabregas 300
Reina 285
Arteta 284
Torres 212
Silva 209

Fabregas's goal against Swansea took his overall tally in the competition to 46, two behind team-mate Diego Costa, and 39 adrift of Fernando Torres.

Top five Spanish PL goalscorers 

Player Goals
Torres 85
Costa 48
Fabregas 46
Mata 45
Arteta 41

Setting up Pedro for Chelsea's second lifted Fabregas to joint-second in the all-time assists rankings, one above Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and level with Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.

Top five assist-makers in Premier League

Player Assists
Giggs 162
Fabregas 102
Lampard 102
Rooney 101
Bergkamp 94

Fabregas has 11 goals and 32 assists in 88 PL appearances for Chelsea, while he scored 35 goals and registered 70 assists in 212 outings during his nine-year spell at Arsenal.

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