At the time, the Spaniard was overly confident about his ability to take penalties and decided to heighten the pressure during practice.
Now with Monaco, the 32-year-old offered to buy the Argentine goalkeeper a Range Rover if he could deny him from the spot and, as luck would have it, the veteran shot-stopper pulled it off, leaving Fabregas humiliated in front of his teammates and desperate to find a way out.
Sharing the full story, not just the headlines
Rather than avoid paying up, Fabregas got creative, to the eventual delight of all his teammates when he unveiled the prize in the training ground carpark.
“So, after a player already told the story to the press of what happened one day in 2018 and many people asked me if it’s true, there we go,” Fabregas remembered on Twitter.
“Many times for many years after training, I stay a little bit longer to take some penalties. I always made little bets with the goalkeepers to put a bit of spice into the challenge. For some reason, I never really missed one.
“So one day I got too confident and it got a of out of hand. It was Willy Caballero’s turn and I told him that if he saved it I’d get him a Range Rover. Unfortunately for me, he saved it in front of the whole team so you can imagine how it went.
“I went from feeling the most confident, to feeling the most stupid guy on earth. Everybody obviously was shouting and laughing that I had to pay my debt.
“I went to a scrap yard and I found a destroyed Range Rover that couldn’t be used at all for £950. So I said, you know what? I’ll get that.
“The next day they they brought to the training ground and well… I’ll show you the rest on a video. The lesson of the story is: Don’t bet at all at any cost.”