The 2016 - 2017 was one of Real Madrid’s best seasons in the club’s illustrious history. Most will remember it for: Cristiano Ronaldo; the peaks of Luka Modric, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal; and an incredible supporting cast all around. The team — which won the double — was great. Let’s revisit an unsung hero of that season: Isco.
Isco was a key figure in the league title, and played a prominent role when Gareth Bale went down injured — starting in a diamond as the roaming playmaker in the team’s big Champions League games. Most teams had no idea how to defend the offensive fluidity and creativity he brought. Isco’s minutes total nearly doubled in the second half of the season due to Bale’s injury.
Isco’s stats from that season:
- A conversion rate of 31.3% (second best in the league of those who played 10 games or more).
- 89.4% passing accuracy
- Eight league assists, 10 goals
- 1.2 key passes per game
- 2.7 completed dribblers per game
“I have finished the season very well,” Isco told Teledeporte after the end of that season.
“Confidence is key for anyone. From the beginning of the season I have felt very comfortable.
“It may be [my best season] because Madrid have made history. When the team results turn out well, they boost an individual. I’m happy about the work I have done and for these three points.
“I have already said we are close [to a renewal]. I am very happy in Madrid and hope to be there for many years.
“Now it is time to rest as the season has been very long.”