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Cesc Fabregas' indirect path to stardom can be a blueprint for Spain debutant Dani Olmo

Cesc Fabregas debuted for Spain in 2006 at age 18, despite having never played a first-team game in Spain to that point.

"When he joined the club, the first time he came and trained with us, we all thought: 'who is this little Spanish kid?'"

They would find out fast. Soon, he'd be leading the team and not long after, he was embraced as one of the best players in the country. And then, impossible to ignore any more and no matter far away he was, the international call-up came when he was just 18. Which was when, back home in Spain, football fans started asking about the little kid from Catalonia.

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