Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez, commonly known by the shortened name of Isco, was born in Benalmádena, Málaga on 21 April 1992. An attacking midfielder, he is known for his passing, vision, skill and agility and is widely regarded as one of the best young footballers in Europe.

Isco joined the Valencia youth academy in 2006 and remained there until 2009, when he made the step up to the club's 'B' team. During the 2010-11 season, he made his debut for the senior team and went on to record a total of seven appearances in all competitions throughout the campaign, scoring two goals. In the summer of 2011, Malaga activated the €6 million release clause in Isco's contract and the player signed a five year contract with the club.

His first season with Malaga was a success, as Isco contributed f...

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