11 Aug, 13:00
He may have helped put Manchester United to the sword in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday night, but Isco was very nearly a Red Devils’ player - if not for a crazy scouting report back in 2013.
ESPN reported on Thursday that the play-maker had been given the run over by scouts at Old Trafford during the final couple of years - 2013 to be exact - of Sir Alex Ferguson's reign at the club, but the great manager was told not to pursue Isco because of the size of his head.
Yes, you got that right. Someone actually told the legendary United boss that he must turn his attentions to other targets because Isco's head was ‘TOO BIG’ for his body. Ridiculous right?
The apparent verdict of the senior scout stated: -He's good, but not quite quick enough and his head is too big for his body.
Ironically, the 25-year-old was again linked with a switch to the Premier League with Man United last summer as Jose Mourinho allegedly battled it out with the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur to land the versatile attacking midfielder.
However, Isco opted to remain with Real Madrid and fight for a regular starting berth in Zinedine Zidane's side - a battle he has started to emerge victorious after all.
The ex-Malaga ace featured 42 times for the Los Blancos last term and, despite only completing the full 90 minutes on five occasions under Zidane, 28 of those did from the off.
Isco repaid the faith of the Frenchman by netting 11 goals and 10 assists as he helped Real secure a first La Liga title in five seasons, and also starred in last season's Champions League final triumph over Juventus.