Isco is a Spanish professional footballer born on 21 April 1992 in Benalmádena, Spain as Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez. Isco plays as an attacking midfielder for Real Madrid and the Spanish national team.
Isco is often described as one of the best attacking midfielders in the world. He started playing as a child where played for Atlético Benamiel, his teammates included Charlie I’Anson. He started his professional career at Valencia, playing mainly in its reserve team, before joining Málaga in 2011.
His performances at Malaga earned him the Golden Boy award in 2012, and a €30 million move to Real Madrid in June 2013, with whom he won four UEFA Champions League titles.
He represented Spain at various youth levels, including at the 2012 Olympics, and made his senior international debut in 2013.
He was born on 21 April 1992 in Benalmádena, Spain. He is 26 years old as of 2018.
He is in a relationship with Victoria Calderon Montanez and together they have a daughter called Francisco Alarcón Calderón.
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Isco Fifa 18
His overall rating in FIFA 18 is 86 with a potential of 89. Isco has got a 4-star skillmoves rating. He prefers to shoot with his right foot. His workrates are High / Medium. Isco’s height is 176 cm and his weight is estimated at 79 kg according to fifa’s database. Currently, Isco is playing with number 22. His best stats are: Ball Control: 94, Dribbling: 91, Balance: 90, Short Pass: 88, Vision: 87.
While playing for Valencia CF’s youth system, Isco made his debut with the first team on 11 November 2010, against UD Logroñés for the campaign’s Copa del Rey, scoring two goals in a 4–1 home win. He previously spent one full season with the reserves in Segunda División B, netting once in 26 games and suffering relegation.
He played his first La Liga match on 14 November 2010, featuring 20 minutes in a 2–0 home win against Getafe CF after coming on as a substitute for Aritz Aduriz.
Isco Real – Isco Madrid
On 27 June 2013, Isco signed a five-year contract, with Real Madrid paying €30 million for his services, thus becoming the first signing of newly appointed manager Carlo Ancelotti. On 18 August 2013 he made his official debut for the Merengues, recording an assist and scoring the winning goal in a 2–1 home win over Real Betis, the latter coming through an 85th-minute header. He continued with his form by netting two goals against Athletic Bilbao on 1 September (3–1, also at the Santiago Bernabéu).
In spite of continuing to score regularly when featured, Isco received limited opportunities in the first team due to the 4–3–3 formation not being suited for his style, but Ancelotti stated that it was “a temporary problem”. He scored 11 goals in 53 official games in his first season, including 61 minutes in the Champions League final, a 4–1 win over Atlético Madrid.
Isco started the first game of the 2014–15 season against Real Sociedad, and scored the first in a 4–1 win against UD Almería on 12 December 2014. He was a regular starter in the club’s FIFA Club World Cup winning campaign, scoring the last in a 4–0 semi-final routing of Cruz Azul. His performances over the season earned him many plaudits, and he was compared to Zinedine Zidane by the French legend himself.
Prior to the start of the 2015–16 season, Isco switched his shirt number from 23 to 22, which he had previously worn at Málaga. On 21 November 2015, as Real lost 0–4 at home to FC Barcelona in El Clásico, he was sent off in the 84th minute for a foul on Neymar. He scored twice on 2 December, as the team won 3–1 at Cádiz CF in the first leg of the last 32 of the domestic cup. Isco was a part-time starter when the team won the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League.
On 11 February 2017, Isco scored Real Madrid’s 100th goal of the season as he attained the game-winning goal in a 3–1 away victory against Osasuna. He appeared 30 times during the 2016–17 season, as Real Madrid won La Liga title; he also started in the Champions League final against Juventus, which Madrid won 4–1.
On 8 August 2017, Isco scored a goal in the 2017 UEFA Super Cup, contributing to Real Madrid’s 2–1 victory against Manchester United. His performance earned him the man of the match award.
On 14 September 2017, he signed a new deal with Real Madrid until June 2022. During the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League, he made eleven appearances, when Madrid won their third consecutive and 13th overall Champions League title.
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In mid-July 2011, Isco signed a five-year contract with Málaga CF after the club activated his buy-out clause of €6 million. He scored his first goal for his new team on 21 November 2011, starting in a 3–1 away win against Racing de Santander; he netted again the following week in a 2–1 win against Villarreal CF, and finished his first season with 32 games and five goals as the side qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in its history.
On 18 September 2012, in Málaga’s first game in the Champions League group stage, Isco netted twice in a 3–0 home win over FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, also being chosen as Man of the Match. On 22 December he scored the first goal in an eventual 3–2 win against Real Madrid at La Rosaleda, leading the locals to their first victory over that opponent in 29 years; in December he won the Golden Boy award, beating Stephan El Shaarawy and Thibaut Courtois.
On 28 January 2013, Isco ended speculation regarding his future by signing a new contract with Málaga – his new buyout clause was set at €35 million. He scored his eleventh goal of the campaign on 13 March, netting the opener in a 2–0 home win against F.C. Porto, good enough for last-eight qualification after the 0–1 loss in Portugal.
|13/14||Jul 1, 2013||Málaga CF||Real Madrid||£22.50m||£27.00m|
|11/12||Jul 1, 2011||Valencia B||Málaga CF||–||£5.40m|
|09/10||Jul 1, 2009||Valencia Youth||Valencia B||–||–|
Isco to Barcelona is the perfect transfer that will never happen
Five years ago Isco joined Madrid from Malaga, fresh from winning the European Golden Boy previously held by free spirits Mario Balotelli, Alexandre Pato and Anderson.
Take a pinch of modern Spanish technique, add three tablespoons of vintage Brazilian flair, leave to rise for three seasons in La Liga and Madrid had themselves a plate of Isco.
But, five years on, life hasn’t quite planned out as expected for the man Iker Casillas described as ‘the most important player to the future of Spainsh football’.
There have been moments. Plenty of them.
He’s won a league title, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, three Champions Leagues, three UEFA Super Cups and three FIFA Club World Cups during five seasons at Madrid.
The 25-year-old has made 26 appearances for a stacked Spain side in the same time period, scoring ten goals.
In fact his last game for Spain was a prime example of why he should be playing elsewhere.
Isco scored a hat-trick as he led Argentina a merry dance during a 6-1 win.
The ease with which he did so was what impressed. Time and time again he looked like he’d stumbled upon a Sunday League game at Hackney Marshes and thought ‘f*** it, why not?’.
This is a man- a certain starter for Spain at the World Cup- who has only started 18 of Madrid’s 29 league games this season.
Now let’s bring Barcelona into the equation.
Imagine Isco and Philippe Coutinho playing either side of Sergio Busquets in Barcelona’s midfield three.
We can’t think of any better tribute to Andres Iniesta and Xavi, short of their sons taking to the pitch together in twenty years.
Cut Isco open and you’d find him dripping in Barcelona DNA.
There’d be no issue with Isco settling it at the Nou Camp, given he regularly plays with Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Iniesta and Busquets with the national team.
There’s also the very important fact that his dog is named Messi.
Madrid would be getting rid of a problem they don’t need, because sometimes the shoe just doesn’t fit.
And the rest of us who aren’t lucky enough to be Madrid or Barca fans would be able to sit back and watch the magic unfold.
But, unfortunately, there’s about as much chance of Isco joining Barcelona as there is of Neymar moving to Madrid.
Err.. what’s that? He’s going to Madrid in the summer? Okay, we take that back.
Real Madrid to End Eden Hazard Interest Because of Isco
Updated: JULY 28, 2018
Isco could be the reason why Real Madrid end a pursuit of Chelsea winger Eden Hazard. Real may not be willing to meet the Blues’ valuation of €200 million because they believe Isco can thrive under coach Julen Lopetegui, according to AS (h/t Football-Espana.net).
Los Blancos don’t want to be forced into a quick and expensive move for Hazard, especially with creative talents Isco and Marco Asensio already on the books.
Lopetegui took over from Zinedine Zidane this summer, and getting the most from Isco and Asensio will be a priority for the former Spain boss. His remit is clear after Football Espana noted the “European champions will not make a ‘galactico’ signing this summer” due to how much they trust Isco.
Such faith is well-placed since the 26-year-old is coming off a productive season. He scored eight goals and tallied nine assists across all competitions during Zidane’s final campaign at the helm.
The Frenchman even made Isco a fixture of his UEFA Champions league best XI as Welsh forward Gareth Bale continued to fight off injuries. Isco’s subtle movement, intelligent passing and natural flair offered a less direct, but more intuitive threat.
Lopetegui is likely to value those qualities considering how he adhered to Spain’s possession-based philosophy:
Real trusting Lopetegui to make Isco better is no gamble since he already knows how to get the best from the one-time Malaga star:
Although he left the Spain job in controversial circumstances after Real came calling before this summer’s World Cup in Russia, Lopetegui should welcome the chance to make Isco a key player in his new squad.
The question is, can Isco and gifted 22-year-old Marco Asensio adequately fill the gap left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus? Losing their all-time leading goalscorer is a compelling reason why Los Merengues should consider a marquee signing such as Hazard.
Of course, Chelsea are aware of both Real’s need and Hazard’s talent. It’s why the west London club wants more than £200 million to part ways with the 27-year-old Belgium international, according to the Daily Mail’s Simon Jones.
It would be a world-record transfer, something Real can afford to resist when the squad already features Isco and Asensio, two dynamic attacking midfielders both younger than Hazard.
Madrid ‘rule out’ Hazard, focus on Isco
Updated: July 28 2018
The hierarchy of Real Madrid have dispensed with the idea of signing Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard and will instead prioritise Isco’s role, say Diario AS.
The complexity of the deal for the Belgian has dampened Madrid’s interest in a transfer, according to the report, with the financial outlay and need for decisiveness said to be off-putting factors.
The FA Cup winners would likely demand in the region of €200m for any deal while due to the early closure of the English transfer window, a move would need to be swiftly drawn up.
Madrid also believe Coach Julen Lopetegui will maximise the potential of playmaker Isco, who starred under the boss at national team level with Spain.
The European champions will not make a ‘galactico’ signing this summer and continue to place their trust in the former Malaga man, alongside Marco Asensio.
|19-05-2018||Villarreal (A)2 – 2||AMC||73||–||–||–||–||1||95.8||–||6.84|
|12-05-2018||Celta Vigo (H)6 – 0||AML||64||1||1||–||–||1||90.4||–||8.97|
|18-04-2018||Athletic Bilbao (H)1 – 1||Sub||21||–||–||–||–||1||78.9||–||6.47|
|15-04-2018||Malaga (A)1 – 2||AMC||72||1||1||–||–||3||88.9||–||9.10|
|08-04-2018||Atletico Madrid (H)1 – 1||Sub||18||–||–||–||–||–||100||–||6.36|
|18-03-2018||Girona (H)6 – 3||Sub||7||–||–||–||–||–||100||–||6.21|
|10-03-2018||Eibar (A)1 – 2||AMC||71||–||–||–||–||1||80.6||1||6.46|
|03-03-2018||Getafe (H)3 – 1||ML||90||–||1||–||–||2||89.6||–||7.17|
|27-02-2018||Espanyol (A)1 – 0||AMC||69||–||–||–||–||2||85.7||–||6.75|
|21-02-2018||Leganes (A)1 – 3||AMC||87||–||–||–||–||4||87.3||–||6.77|
|18-02-2018||Real Betis (A)3 – 5||Sub||17||–||–||–||–||–||66.7||–||6.03|
|10-02-2018||Real Sociedad (H)5 – 2||Sub||27||–||–||–||–||–||90||–||5.93|
|03-02-2018||Levante (A)2 – 2||Sub||24||1||–||–||–||4||85.7||1||7.34|
|13-01-2018||Villarreal (H)0 – 1||AMC||70||–||–||–||–||1||89.5||–||6.89|
|07-01-2018||Celta Vigo (A)2 – 2||AMC||77||–||1||–||–||4||89.3||–||7.67|
|09-12-2017||Sevilla (H)5 – 0||Sub||14||–||–||–||–||1||97.1||–||6.13|
|02-12-2017||Athletic Bilbao (A)0 – 0||AMC||82||–||–||–||–||1||84.1||–||7.26|
|25-11-2017||Malaga (H)3 – 2||AMC||62||–||–||–||–||1||97.8||–||6.45|
|18-11-2017||Atletico Madrid (A)0 – 0||AMC||90||–||–||–||–||–||88.5||1||7.68|
|05-11-2017||Las Palmas (H)3 – 0||MC||90||1||–||1||–||4||90.1||–||8.48|
|29-10-2017||Girona (A)2 – 1||AMC||90||1||–||–||–||1||88.5||1||8.62|
|22-10-2017||Eibar (H)3 – 0||AMC||71||–||1||–||–||2||87.9||–||7.19|
|14-10-2017||Getafe (A)1 – 2||Sub||18||–||1||–||–||–||90.5||–||6.94|
|01-10-2017||Espanyol (H)2 – 0||AMC||90||2||–||–||–||6||91.8||–||9.79|
|23-09-2017||Alaves (A)1 – 2||MC||90||–||–||–||–||4||87.7||1||6.98|
|20-09-2017||Real Betis (H)0 – 1||AMC||67||–||–||–||–||2||89.1||–||6.87|
|17-09-2017||Real Sociedad (A)1 – 3||MC||90||–||1||–||–||3||80||–||7.66|
|09-09-2017||Levante (H)1 – 1||Sub||28||–||–||–||–||–||85.7||–||6.51|
|27-08-2017||Valencia (H)2 – 2||MC||46||–||–||–||–||–||94.4||–||6.25|
|20-08-2017||Deportivo La Coruna (A)0 – 3||AMC||66||–||–||–||–||–||82.9||–||7.04|
|Mins: Minutes played||Goals: Total goals||Assists: Total assists|
|Yel: Yellow card||Red: Red card||Shots: Total shots|
|PS%: Pass success percentage||AerialsWon: Aerial duels won|