Francisco Román Alarcón born 21 April 1992, commonly known as Isco (ˈisko), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Real Madrid and the Spanish national team. He is often described as one of the best attacking midfielders in the world.
He began his 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.
Isco represented Spain at various youth levels, including at the 2012 Olympics, and made his senior international debut in 2013.
On 17 June 2013, Isco confirmed that he had received offers from Real Madrid and former Málaga manager Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City, but stated he would only make a final decision on his future after the UEFA European Under-21 Championship final. On 26 June, Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez confirmed that a deal had been reached with the player and that he would be presented by the club next week, once he passed his medical; the following day he 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.