Francisco Roman Alarcon Suarez, whom we popularly know as Isco, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for the Spanish National Team and Real Madrid. He started his football career with Spanish club Valencia, where he was a part of their reserve team. In 2011, he joined Malaga, and while playing for them, he received the Golden Boy award in 2012 for his amazing performances, seeing which Real Madrid signed him in June 2013 for a transfer fee of 30 million Euros. Playing for the Club, he won four UEFA Champions League titles.
Isco has represented the Spanish Youth national team at various levels, including the 2012 Olympics. He made his senior international debut in the year 2013.
Isco was born on 21st April at Benalmadena in Spain to Paco Alarcon and Jenny Suarez. His father used to work as a hotel worker but currently serves as his son’s manager.
Isco was born having bow-legs and was also overweight during his childhood time. However, he decided to fight the deformities of his body to achieve his dream of becoming a professional footballer. He fought his way to overcome his obesity before registering in his first youth club. His motivation to become a football player came from his elder brother, who after an injury, lost his dream of pursuing a career as a footballer.
Isco is in a relationship with Sara Salamo (who is an actress by profession), since 2017. The couple is expected to have a baby soon, although Isco has a son from his previous relationship with Victoria Calderon Montanez, which lasted five years. The Spanish footballer’s son’s name is Francisco Alarcon Calderon.
Isco started his journey with Valencia, where his journey to becoming a successful professional footballer started. He enrolled himself into the club at a very young age, and as a product of the club, he spent 2009-10 season with the club’s reserve team in Segunda Division B, where he netted one goal in 26 appearances. He played his debut match against UD Logrones in a Copa del Rey match. In the match, he netted two goals in a 4-1 home win. Playing for the club, he made three league appearances and two UEFA Champions League appearances. In mid-July, he signed a five-year contract with Malaga CF for 6 million Euros. Playing for Malaga, he netted his first goal on 21st November 2011, against Racing de Santander in a 3-1 win. He finished his first season with five goals in 32 appearances, due to which the club qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history. Isco, while playing for the club, brought several glorious moments, some of which include Malaga’s first Champions League win against FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, a 3-2 win against Real Madrid on 22 December 2012, after a long wait of 29 years. In December 2012, he was honoured with the Golden Boy award for beating Stephan El Shaarawy and Thibaut Courtois.
On 17th June 2013, Isco signed for Real Madrid for a transfer fee of 30 million Euros. He played his debut match against Real Betis in a 2-1 win. In his first season, he netted 11 goals and appeared in 53 official games, with the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid being his biggest match, where he appeared at the 61st-minute mark, in the game that ended in a 4-1 win for his side.
In the FIFA Club World Cup-winning campaign, he netted the last goal in the semi-final match, helping his side register a 4-0 win. At the end of the season, he was compared to French legendary player Zinedine Zidane. On 8th August 2017, his performance at 2017 UEFA Super Cup against Manchester United earned him the Man of the Match award, while on 14th September, in the same year, he signed a new deal with Real Madrid until June 2022. He made eleven appearances during the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League, in which Madrid won their third consecutive and 13th overall Champions League title.
For his National team, he made his debut in 2009 from U17 FIFA World Cup. In 2011, he represented his team at the U20 World Cup held in Colombia. Isco scored his first international goal for Spain in UEFA Euro 2016 in a match against Belarus in Huelva on 15th November 2014 in a 3-0 win. He netted his first hat-trick for Spain on 27th March 2018, against Argentina in a 6-1 friendly win. In May 2018 he was named in Spain’s final squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
|Real Madrid||2013- current|
- La Liga: 2016–17
- Copa del Rey: 2013–14
- Supercopa de España: 2017
- UEFA Champions League: 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
- UEFA Super Cup: 2014, 2016, 2017
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
- Tercera División Group VI: 2010–11
- UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 2013
- FIFA U-17 World Cup: Third Place
- Golden Boy Award: 2012
- La Liga Breakthrough Player: 2012
- UEFA European Under-21 ChampionshipBronze Boot: 2013
- UEFA European Under-21 ChampionshipTeam of the Tournament: 2013
- Trofeo Bravo: 2013
- UEFA Champions LeagueTeam of the Season: 2016–17
- FIFA FIFPro World XI2nd team: 2017
- FIFA FIFPro World XI 3rd team: 2018
- FIFA FIFPro World XI 5th team: 2013
Height: 5ft 9in
Weight: 76 kg
Eye color: Dark Brown
Hair color: Black
Isco PERSONAL DETAILS
Full Name: Francisco Roman Alarcon Suarez
Date of Birth: 21st April 1992
Place of Birth: Spain
Playing Position: Attacking Midfielder
EDUCATION: Ashton Mersey school
Relationships: Sara Salamo
Kids: Francisco Alarcon Calderon (from ex-girlfriend Victoria Calderon Montanez)
HOBBIES: Playing Tennis
In 2018, Isco came out in a Press Conference and commented against his whole squad for the team’s current situation, after which his relationship with coach Lopetegui got bitter and Isco found himself wanting.
Isco’s Net worth is estimated to be 12 Million dollars.