Top facts about Isco the Spanish magician

Tue 08 December 2020 | 4:30

Isco the former golden boy winner has proved that he is amongst 30 top midfielders of the football world, read on find out about the magic man’s biography.

Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez

popularly known as Isco was born in April 21, 1992 Benalmádena, Spain. Isco is a professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Real Madrid and Spain national team.

The Spanish star started his professional football career at Valencia where he was part of the reserve team mainly. Isco joined Málaga in 2011 where he managed to win the golden boy award and transfer to Real Madrid in 2012 due to his top performance.

In Real Madrid Isco managed to win 16 major trophies. The magician has represented Spain at youth levels as he was one of Spain’s main stars in 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Quick facts about Isco you need to know

  • Full name

    : Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez

  • Date and place of birth

    : April 21, 1992 Benalmádena, Spain

  • Height & Weight

    : 1.76 m/75 Kg

  • Nationality

    : Spanish

  • Parents

    : Jenny Suárez (mother)/ Paco Alarcón (father)

  • Siblings

    : Antonio Carlos Alarcón

  • Jersey number

    : #22

  • Position

    : attacking midfielder

  • Nicknames

    : magic-man, magia

  • Current teams

    : Real Madrid/Spain national team

  • Girlfriend/wife

    : Sara Sálamo

  • Children

    : Francisco Alarcón Calderón, Theo Alarcón Sálamo

  • Zodiac Sign

    : Virgo

Isco family and childhood

Isco was born to Jenny Suárez (housewife) and Paco Alarcón a former hotel worker who currently acts as his son’s manager. Isco grew up with his older brother Antonio Carlos Alarcón.

Isco’s childhood must have been rough as he was born with bow-legs and overweight this overweight didn’t help his leg’s curvature at all. A little bit of his curvature was corrected as Isco grew up.

His physical condition never stopped him from fulfilling his dream of becoming a professional footballer. The motivation of becoming a footballer came from

Isco’s family

as his brother’s football career was ended in young age to a lethal injury.

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Isco body measurements

Here are Isco’s body measurements: 1.75m and 76Kg, chest 40 Inches, Waist 30 Inches, and Biceps 16 Inches. Isco has light brown eye color with brown hair. Unfortunately there isn’t any other information about

Isco’s body measurements

except that he has bow-legs.

Isco tattoos

Isco’s inner side of right forearm has a tattoo of a clock watch with a heart and a crown on the top of its frame, the clock is pointing to 2:30, there is also a banner that has roman numerals “XVI-VIII-MMXIV”.

The time 2:30 is the time his first son Isco JR was born. Roman numerals on the banner are featuring “16-08-2014”which is the date birth of his first born son, it is one of the most

adorable Isco tattoos


The upper part of Isco’s right forearm is a tattoo of an angel which is the guardian of the clock. His right elbow has the number 22 tattooed on it 22 is Isco’s favorite jersey number.

On Isco’s right biceps is the word magia, due to his bendy legs, amazing ball control and fascinating dribbling his teammates began to call him magia which is the Spanish word of magic.

An interesting Isco tattoo is a face of a lion that is tattooed on his right shoulder. Isco thinks that his personality matches the lion, as the animal is a symbol for king and pride as well as protection for his family.

Isco early professional career

Isco’s early professional career started when he got himself registered at PDM Benalmádena that was his first youth club. Isco studied and attended training.

As Isco began to pursue football everybody noticed that his dribbling and style of play is different. His bow-legs that many thought would be an obstacle for him became his advantage. The unique shape of his legs made him do different moves which had great results in

Isco’s early professional career


Due to Isco’s progress another club which name was Atlético Benamiel CF signed a contract with him. Isco had an outstanding performance in Atlético Benamiel CF from 1999 to 2006.But bigger clubs scouts were afraid to call him.

Isco’s close childhood friend said that scouts were constantly watching him but no one called him, people used to say that it is because of his bandy legs and he is too slow.

At the end It was


who took the courage to sign Isco, Isco’s top play in Valencia B made him a popular attacking midfielder, he played 4 gamed for Valencia’s senior team. After that Isco was transferred to Manuel Pellegrini



Isco’s professional club career

started in mid-July 2011 when the magic-man signed a 5 year contract with Málaga CF. Antonio Fernández Málaga’s sporting director said that I don’t care about Isco’s bow-legs or how he walks, I only care about how he plays.

Isco scored his first goal for Málaga CF in the 3–1 away win against Racing de Santander followed by his second goal in a week after that.

Isco scored 5 goals in 32 games for Málaga.

Another top fact about Isco

is that he helped the club to qualify for UEFA Champions League for the first time in history. In Málaga's first game in the Champions’ League group stage Isco scored twice to be the man of the match in the in a 3–0 home win over

FC Zenit Saint Petersburg


Isco scored the first goal of the 3–2 win against

Real Madrid

leading his club to their first victory over the adversary in 29 years.

In 2013 there were rumors about Isco’s transfer to Real Madrid, The Spanish footballer confirmed that he received Real Madrid’s offer but he isn’t going to take a decision before the UEFA Under-21 Championship final.

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Isco professional club career

On 26 June Real Madrid’s president Florentino Pérez acknowledged that a deal has been reached with the Spanish magician. As Isco passed the medical tests he signed a 5 year contract with Real Madrid for a fee of €30 million.

On 18 August 2013 Isco made his official debut for Madrid where he assisted and scored the winning goal in a 2–1 home win over

Real Betis

. Isco continued his amazing form by netting two goals in the win over

Athletic Bilbao


In spite of Isco’s undeniable impact and his never-ending goal scoring the magia received limited time in the football field. But Ancelotti, Real Madrid’s manager at the time stated that this problem is temporary and it’s due to the 4–3–3 formation not being suited for Isco’s style of play.

Isco started his second season with a game against

Real Sociedad

.He scored the first goal the in a 4–1 victory over

UD Almería


The young magia was a regular starter in the club's FIFA Club World Cup in the 2014-2015 season, when Isco managed to score in the 4–0 semi-final against Cruz Azul .He was one of the shining stars of the tournaments.

In the beginning of 2015-2016 season Isco switched his jersey number from 23 to 22. On 21 November 2015 Isco was sent off the game because of the foul he did on


during 0–4 home loss of Real Madrid to



Another top fact about


is that he was a part time starter in the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League final when his team won the trophy.

On 11 February 2017, magia scored his 100th goal for Real Madrid which was a game winning goal in a 3–1 victory over


that was certainly one of the best moments of

Isco’s professional club


Isco had 30 appearances for Real Madrid in 2016–17 season as they managed to win La Liga title. Another fact about Isco is that he was one of the starting players in Champions League final against


. Their team managed to defeat Juventus and claim the trophy.

Interesting fact about Isco is that he netted an important goal in the 2–1 victory over

Manchester United

in the 2017 UEFA Super Cup.

On 14 September 2017 the Spanish star signed a contract extension with Real Madrid which will last until 2022.

Isco was one of the top features of the Madrid’s starting line during the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League when the Spanish footballer had 11 appearances. As he helped Real Madrid to reach their third consecutive and 13th overall Champions League title.

Isco International career

The start of

Isco’s International career

was his appearance with Spain's U17 team in 2009 FIFA World Cup as he managed to score 3 goals in the tournament and his nation finished in the third place.

In 2011 Isco joined Spain’s U-20 World Cup squad, Isco’s goal in the quarter-final couldn’t be much of help as Spain got eliminated in that round.

On 28 February 2012 Isco was called out to represent Spain under-23 team in a friendly match against Egypt, but sadly he was a bench warmer in that game.

On 15 May for the first time Isco’s name was in senior team of Spain for the friendly matches against


and South Korea, unfortunately Isco didn’t get a chance to play there either.

In July 2012, our young magician joined Spain’s under-23 team to the Olympics in London. Where Isco started all of Spain’s matches as they were eliminated from the tournament without scoring a single goal.

On 6 February 2013 Isco made his first debut for

Spain’s main team

in a 3–1 victory over Uruguay.

Later that year Isco featured at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Israel when he managed to score a goal in the final game of the campaign in 4-2 victory over



The young magician got bronze boots as he scored 3 goals in the tournament and he made the team of the tournament as a key player. An incredible moment in Isco’s International career.

Isco Honors and Achievement

Real Madrid:

  • La Liga: 2016–2017

  • Copa del Rey: 2013–2014

  • Supercopa de España: 2017

  • UEFA Champions League: 2013–2014, 2015–2016, 2016–2017, 2017–2018

  • UEFA Super Cup: 2014, 2016, 2017

  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018

  • Spain U17

  • FIFA U-17 World Cup third place: 2009

  • Spain U21

  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 2013


  • Golden Boy Award: 2012

  • La Liga Breakthrough Player

  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship Bronze Boot

  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship Team of the Tournament

  • UEFA Champions League Team of the Season

  • FIFA FIFPro World XI 2nd team

  • FIFA FIFPro World XI 3rd team

  • FIFA FIFPro World XI 5th team

Isco style of play

Top fact about Isco is that he began his football career playing as an attacking midfielder or second striker at Málaga, under Manuel Pellegrini.

As Isco moved to Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti played him as a deeper midfield playmaking role which required much more defensive duties from the Spanish magic-man.

Isco’s style of play

is famously known for his incredible pace, creativity, excellent technique and amazing ball control. He is also known for his capability of dribbling two or three people in a blink of an eye or his incredible shots which net the top corner of the goal.

Isco’s ability of reading the game is omazing as he is one step ahead of other players in the field and he also takes awesome free kicks.

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Isco stats

Isco’s stats has been very promising as he has kept his good form. In 2014-2015, Isco’s first season in Real Madrid, he scored 4 goals plus 9 assists out of 34 games which is a good record because he was a benchwarmer in most of the games and came as a substitute.

Isco’s stats

in his second season in Madrid are pretty close to his first season as he managed to score 3 goals plus 7 assists.

The Spanish star began to shine in the third season, actually 2016-2017 was one of the top years of Isco’s career. When he had 10 goals and 8 assist out of 30 games.

Season 2017-2018 was also a good season for magia with 7 goals and 7 assists. The two latest seasons hadn’t gone pretty well for Isco. He didn’t play much in the last two years, we haven’t seen anything in particular from Isco since 2108.

Another fact about Isco

is that there has been rumors of his transfer to


FC and

Manchester City


Not every club can sign with Isco due to Isco’s salary and transfer market value which are really expensive and not every club can afford that.

Isco transfer market value

Isco current market value is €20.00m, I have to say that his market value has been decreased to this because of two major reasons. First one is because Isco is far from his good days and his hot form. Second Reason is because of corona virus pandemic and its effect on the clubs, many clubs have gone broke due to this reason.

Isco’s highest market

value was €90.00m that goes back to 2018, the year he won his 4th UEFA Champions League trophy.

Isco salary and net worth

Isco is definitely not one of Real Madrid’s highest paid footballers but he gets a decent amount of money as

Isco’s salary is £10,920,000

per year. Isco's net worth is estimated to be $13 million in 2020.

Isco Girlfriend

The Spanish midfielder started flirting with Sara Salamo on social media before they confirmed their relationship. Since 2018 Isco has been in a long relationship with Sara, and Sara officially became

Isco girlfriend


Sara Ainhoa Concepción Sálamo famously known as Sara Salamo, was born on January 20, 1992. According to Sara’s birthday, her zodiac sign is Aquarius.

Sara was born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands. She is an actress by profession, as she was the star of movies and TV shows like B & B, word of mouth, Brigade Coast Sun and everybody knows.

Sara’s passion of becoming an actress started at young age when she was merely 11 years old. Sara started her career in a movie that her father directed.

After that she noticed that she loves this profession and enrolled in acting classes. After Sara turned 18 she took a bold step and moved to Madrid to pursue her dream of becoming an actress.

Sara’s first movie was Tres 60 where she played the character of Daniela. In 2014 Sara made her debut in theater with the comedy What the Butler Saw.

One of Sara’s most famous movies is Todos lo saber (Everybody knows), where she was the co-star of many great actors and actresses such as: Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darín and Inma Cuesta.

Sara loves reading books but it turned out that she is a good writer as well. When she published her first book El ocaso del mono que arañaba la pared (The sunset of the monkey that scratched the wall) in 2020.

Isco's girlfriend is very popular on social media


is her ID address on Instagram where Sara has 882k followers.

Interesting fact about Isco

is that many of the fans blame his girlfriend Sara for his down form, surprisingly Sara is an Atlético Madrid fan the club who is in clear animosity with Real Madrid a club that Isco plays for.

Isco children

Victoria Calderon is Isco’s ex-girlfriend. Beautiful Victoria who goes by “Vito” is also from Spain she and Isco had a son together who is called Francisco Alarcón Calderón, Isco JR shortly. Isco JR was born in 2014.

Isco also has another son with Sara Salamo whose name is Theo Alarcón Sálamo .Isco didn’t share any photo of his second son on social media to protect the boy’s privacy in the future. Theo was born in 2019.Isco and Sara announced that they are expecting their second baby.

Isco social media

Isco social media has been pretty active these years as he likes to joke around with his teammates and other footballers on social media.

.<a href="https://www.instagram.com/accounts/login/?next=/iscoalarcon/">


is his ID address on Instagram where he has more than 20 million followers.

Isco’s social media

is filled with pictures of his partner Sara Salamo




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