Having won the coveted Golden Boy award in 2012, Isco announced his arrival on the big stage in style at the start of the 2013/4 season. Having signed for Real Madrid from Málaga in June, he scored one and set up another on his debut in a 2-1 victory against Real Betis.
Things haven’t gone quite as well as he may have hoped since then, however. With Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Ángel Di María in scintillating form this season, Isco has struggled to find a role that suits in the Madrid team.
His exclusion from the final Spain squad remains a surprise though: a technically gifted game-changer with youth on his side, many would like to have seen him given a chance in Brazil, particularly with the likes of Cesc Fàbregas, Juan Mata, Pedro and Santi Cazorla all enduring below-par seasons.