Isco became the most criticized player in the league when he announced his transfer to Betis. On the one hand, for the Sevillistas (!) who saw how he left after being shaken by Monchi in January and parked with his back to the goal in the Sevilla team where he played as a false 9. On the other hand, a Beticism skeptic who does not have much faith in someone who came from Nervión without showing signs of regaining the aroma with which he seduced the Bernabéu and the national team.

Velvet and Mahogany Football

One phone call from Manuel Pellegrini was enough for him to move to the other side of the Guadalquivir and paint his football with green hope. He returned to the command of the person who understood him best in the Malaga team that reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. And Rogelio has settled into a club with a certain philosophy, not believing in the result-oriented urgencies (“manque lost”) that enjoy the velvet and mahogany football that Cardeñosa, Calderón and Alfonso once championed..

Isco is to football what Curro Romero is to bullfighting. A hedonist caught between Puerta Grande and the infirmary. The player from Arroyo de la Miel found his feet at Betis, where ‘currismo’ is respected, a distinctive trait that ties in perfectly with his indoor football. Moreover, Adding to Fekir’s injuries, Canales’ departure for Mexico provided him with an unrivaled environment to claim the honor and take his crutch for a walk. During pre-season it began to appear that this Isco had little to do with the Isco at Madrid’s end and even less to do with the Isco who spent four months adrift at the Titanic del Pizjuán.

There are 23 games this season (two games left before the automatic renewal clause is implemented). He scored 17 goals in the league, six in the Europa League, three goals (two in the league, one in Europe) and four assists in more than 2000 minutes. However Isco’s most striking feature is that he smiles again while playing football. This allowed us to see the best version of him (7-time game MVP), He had his teammates always looking for him and Villamarín, with his ‘hard-working’ football, had the stands packed every Sunday to get up and pull out the tissues. ‘The Revenant’ Isco will play for Betis until 2027 and that’s something even us non-believers are celebrating.