Cesc Fabregas was asked to share the best advice ever received during his career.
Fabregas has won nearly all there is to win in the European game since breaking onto the scene as a teenager with Arsenal.
A World Cup and European Championship winner with Spain, the 27-year-old midfielder is still missing a Premier League and Champions League title, although his form this season is certainly suggesting that the former Barcelona man will soon be claiming those titles as his own.
A host of personal awards have also littered his career, starting with the European Golden Boy title in 2006, leading into various inclusions in Premier League teams of the year, before being awarded the Prince of Asturias prize by his nation in 2010, and then the Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit in 2011. A real superstar of world football, Fabregas has not taken long to endear himself to the Chelsea fans - despite his former allegiance - and he has been touted as a potential future captain of the Stamford Bridge club.
Renowned for his talent and calm mind during games, Fabregas revealed the secret to his mentality in an interview with the official Chelsea website - and it shows a stunning maturity from the 27-year-old.
“A piece of advice I have received on several occasions is no matter if you are playing well or badly, always try to have a neutral mood,’ the Spanish international said.
“When you are doing well, at the top of your game and winning trophies, do not think: ‘I’m the best and that’s that’. And when things are going badly and you are down in the dumps, do not let it get you down.”
Fabregas added that he has overcome the main problems he faced when he was a youngster, with a more mature mentality coming thanks to playing more games and with different coaches.
He continued: “When I was younger I had problems when we lost. I’d always blame myself. I would think we lost because of me. I would go home and beat myself up over it and it would really get me down. I have always had people help me, and now I am more mature after playing more games with experienced players and under great coaches.”