If you are a professional footballer and people are comparing you to the legendary Zinedine Zidane when you are only 21-years-old and playing for the biggest club in the world, Real Madrid life cannot be that bad.
Isco’s blistering start with his new club Real Madrid scoring five times in six appearances with two assists while all the time totally dominating the midfield with some tasty dribbling and sharp passing has got people saying that Los Blancos have found the next Zidane.
Even Spanish sports newspaper MARCA has gotten in on the act printing out statistics to show how the star of last summer’s European U-21 European Championships has proved to be more effective in his first few games in a white shirt than the assistant coach to Real Madrid manager Zinadine Zidane was when he first came to play at the Santiago Bernabéu.
When reporters asked the Italian manager about the comparisons with his assistant Ancelotti laughed and said: “I asked Zidane if he agrees and he said ‘No, not yet. But he could be very close in the future’.
“He is very similar in terms of ability and mentality. For Isco to be compared with Zidane is not bad after the few games he has played.”
Isco came to prominence last season while playing for Andalucía side Malaga in the Champions League when the Spanish lost out to eventual runners up Borussia Dortmund after a late offside goal.
His outstanding performances in La Liga won him the Golden Boy award that is given by sports journalists to the young player in Europe, something that had all top clubs in Europe sit up and take notice.
His former manager Manuel Pellegrini took over as coach of Manchester City following the sacking of Roberto Mancini, and the very first thing the Chilean did was try to get Isco to join him in England.
The president of Real Madrid Florentino Perez also wanted the Malaga star for his new team of Galácticos, and in the end all it took for the youngster to join Madrid was a personal telephone call from Zidane who got the boy from Benalmádena to sign for Madrid for what is now looking a bargain 30€ million.