Top Facts About Cesar Azpilicueta

Discover top facts about Chelsea legend Cesar Azpilicueta

Thursday, 6 July 2023 at 18:00, UK

Azplicueta clapping his hands while wearing a Chelsea Jersey

The humble and simple Chelsea captain departs Chelsea for Atletico Madrid after 11 successful years at the club which were full of trophies that includes the Champions League, Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two Premier League titles amongst others.

Azpilicueta was born to a painter and a school teacher. He is married to his long-term girlfriend Adriana Guerendiain with whom he has three children as at June 2023. Check out more facts about Cesar Azpilicueta below.

Azpilicueta, his wife and their three kids

Middle Name

Cesar Azpilicueta's middle name is not Tanco. Contrary to popular belief, Tanco is his maternal family name. In Spain, it is customary to assign both a paternal and maternal family name to children, unlike in most other countries where only paternal family names are assigned.

Nickname

Cesar Azpilicueta is affectionately nicknamed "Dave" by Chelsea fans. This nickname originated because his last name, Azpilicueta, can be challenging to pronounce. Azpilicueta embraces this nickname and responds to it with warmth.

Best Value for Money since the Post-Abramovich Era

Azpilicueta was signed by Chelsea for a mere £7 million, a remarkable catch in an era where multi-million-pound signings are common. While the signing didn't create a buzz initially, Chelsea fans quickly realized the gem they had in Azpilicueta. Over his 11-year tenure, Azpilicueta won two Premier League titles and captained Chelsea to victory in the UEFA Champions League before his departure for Atletico Madrid.

Azpilicueta Speaks French

Despite being Spanish, Azpilicueta is proficient in French. This is likely due to his two-year stint at Olympique Marseille in France, from where Chelsea signed him. During his time at Olympique Marseille, he scored one goal.

First Goal for Chelsea was Against Arsenal

Azpilicueta's first competitive goal for Chelsea came against London rivals, Arsenal. He scored the opening goal in a 2-0 victory over Arsenal in the League Cup.

Non-English Player with the Most Appearances for Chelsea

Cesar Azpilicueta holds the record for the most appearances for Chelsea by a non-English player. Surpassing Petr Cech's previous record of 494 appearances, Azpilicueta has now reached an impressive milestone of 500 appearances for Chelsea. It will likely be decades before this record is surpassed again. Azpilicueta is also number 6 on the all time list which includes Ron Harris (795), Peter Bonetti (729), John Terry (717), Frank Lampard (648), and John Hollins (592).

Knocked Unconscious in a Match

During his final season for Chelsea, in a match against Southampton, Cesar Azpilicueta was knocked unconscious by Sekou Mara when the Southampton player attempted an overhead kick but accidentally struck the Chelsea captain instead. Azpilicueta was immediately taken to the hospital but thankfully regained consciousness a few hours later.

Business Degree from Harvard Business School

In June, Azpilicueta announced on his Instagram page that he successfully completed a business degree in entertainment, media, and sports from Harvard Business School.

Most Organised Chelsea Player

Azpilicueta is the most organised Chelsea player. He always tucks his shirt in and his locker is always neatly arranged. This was one of the main reason he was seen as a good leader in the dressing room.

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