Could Isco be the next Zinedine Zidane?

Gareth Bale‘s record transfer to Real Madrid this summer grabbed all the headlines, but Isco’s move from Malaga to the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu has been the one with the greatest impact thus far, so much so that he’s already drawing comparisons to club legend Zinedine Zidane.

“He is very close to Zidane with their ability,” said Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, who named the greatest European player of the past 50 years to his coaching staff.

“They have a lot of similarities. Zidane is obviously in a better position to judge and he said Isco isn’t there yet, but said he could come close in the future.”

Hailed as the future of the Spanish national team by coach Vicente Del Bosque, Isco, a 21-year-old midfield playmaker, has lived up to the lofty praise by banging in four goals in his first five La Liga matches with Los Galaticos, matching Cristiano Ronaldo’s return in the league. He also opened the scoring in Real Madrid’s 6-1 rout against Galatasaray in Turkey to begin the club’s UEFA Champions League campaign.

Time will tell if he’s the next Zidane, who is thought of as once in a lifetime player. Isco just keeps getting better, though, excelling with every challenge. There’s no telling how good he could become with his raw skill fine-tuned under Zidane’s tutelage.

You can find Isco’s Real Madrid jersey and his Nike Hypervenom Phanthom cleat at soccer.com.