The headline writes itself.
‘DISCO AT THE NOU CAMP AS FORMER STAR SALSA DANCES OVER REAL MADRID’.
If football had a heart Isco would be playing for Barcelona, not their arch-rivals Madrid.
Five years ago Isco joined Madrid from Malaga, fresh from winning the European Golden Boy previously held by free spirits Mario Balotelli, Alexandre Pato and Anderson.
Take a pinch of modern Spanish technique, add three tablespoons of vintage Brazilian flair, leave to rise for three seasons in La Liga and Madrid had themselves a plate of Isco.
But, five years on, life hasn’t quite planned out as expected for the man Iker Casillas described as ‘the most important player to the future of Spainsh football’.
There have been moments. Plenty of them.
He’s won a league title, Copa del Rey, Spanish Super Cup, three Champions Leagues, three UEFA Super Cups and three FIFA Club World Cups during five seasons at Madrid.
The 25-year-old has made 26 appearances for a stacked Spain side in the same time period, scoring ten goals.
In fact his last game for Spain was a prime example of why he should be playing elsewhere.
Isco scored a hat-trick as he led Argentina a merry dance during a 6-1 win.
The ease with which he did so was what impressed. Time and time again he looked like he’d stumbled upon a Sunday League game at Hackney Marshes and thought ‘f*** it, why not?’.
This is a man- a certain starter for Spain at the World Cup- who has only started 18 of Madrid’s 29 league games this season.
Now let’s bring Barcelona into the equation.
Imagine Isco and Philippe Coutinho playing either side of Sergio Busquets in Barcelona’s midfield three.
We can’t think of any better tribute to Andres Iniesta and Xavi, short of their sons taking to the pitch together in twenty years.
Cut Isco open and you’d find him dripping in Barcelona DNA.
There’d be no issue with Isco settling it at the Nou Camp, given he regularly plays with Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Iniesta and Busquets with the national team.
There’s also the very important fact that his dog is named Messi.
Madrid would be getting rid of a problem they don’t need, because sometimes the shoe just doesn’t fit.
And the rest of us who aren’t lucky enough to be Madrid or Barca fans would be able to sit back and watch the magic unfold.
But, unfortunately, there’s about as much chance of Isco joining Barcelona as there is of Neymar moving to Madrid.
Err.. what’s that? He’s going to Madrid in the summer? Okay, we take that back.
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