51% of fans believe Cesc Fabregas' career has been better than Luka Modric's

Cesc Fabregas lifts the European Championship trophy in 2012

Cesc Fabregas and Luka Modric are without question two of the greatest midfielders of the modern era.

In fact, they're two of the greatest to have laced a pair of boots. Both have made the professional game look irritatingly easy throughout the course of their careers.

Between them, the pair have won a plethora of trophies. Fabregas boasts two Premier League titles, two FA Cups, two European Championships and a World Cup to his name.

As for Modric, the Croatian has won both the Champions League and Club World Cup four times, as well as winning La Liga once,

Oh and the diminutive Real Madrid midfielder won the Ballon d'Or in 2018 after securing the World Cup Golden Ball the very same year.

Given their extensive lists of honours, it's near enough impossible to pick one's career as superior to the other.

But we here at GIVEMESPORT decided to do just that and the debate attracted a whopping 150,300 votes from our fans.

It was mighty close, but Fabregas secured victory by the barest of margins after earning 51% of the vote.

The Spaniard's career has indeed been an impressive one. After bursting onto the scene as a 16-year-old at Arsenal, he has continually evolved his game to remain at the very top level.

Fabregas with the World Cup trophy

At Arsenal, he ran the show as a playmaker, scoring and assisting for fun. With Barcelona - and to a lesser extent Spain - Fabregas was deployed successfully as a 'false nine'.

Once he returned to England with Chelsea in 2014, the Spaniard dropped back into a deep-lying playmaker role and what did he do? Smashed it once again.

But ranking him above Modric is still a ludicrously hard call to make. After all, the Croat was an instrumental figure in four Champions League wins at Real Madrid - a trophy Fabregas has never won.

Despite not winning silverware at international level, Modric has also arguably had a far bigger impact over his country's success than Fabregas.

Modric with the Ballon d'Or

The Real Madrid star is Croatia's main man, while Fabregas was often more of a peripheral figure due to the presence of Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

It's a debate littered with a never-ending cycle of 'ifs and buts'. The one conclusion that we can draw from it is that these are two players that have defined the phrase 'the beautiful game'.

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