Isco: Zinedine Zidane was my idol growing up

Isco: Zinedine Zidane was my idol growing up


Real Madrid midfielder Isco has revealed that his idol growing up was Zinedine Zidane – but he also admired the skills of two ex-Barcelona stars, Ronaldinho and Romario.

In an interview on La Energia de la Roja, the playmaker said spoke about his influences while growing up – and one of the the stars he looked up to was the now Real Madrid Castilla boss.

He said: “My Mum and Dad bought me my first football as a present – it was a rubber one; but I lost it and threw a huge tantrum! The first leather football I got for Christmas – I was known all over the neighbourhood because I would always be seen with that ball. My idols at the time were Zidane, Ronaldinho and when I was younger, Romario.”

Isco, on national duty this week, went on to talk about his experiences with La Roja and the atmosphere both in the Spain camp and with his club. In both, he revealed the players get on well, but that he can’t understand jokes made in the whatsapp group he is part of with other Los Blancos players who are foreign.

“I’d already played with Sergio, Iker, Morata, Carvajal and Nacho – they went out of their way to make me feel at home,” he commented.

“A few of us have formed a wassap group at Madrid. There’s a lot of joking, laughs, the Spanish players have a group. I can’t really understand what the foreign players are talking about half the time…”