Spanish international Isco has completed a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid but is seemingly a huge admirer of arch-rivals Barcelona and their players - especially Argentine superstar Lionel Messi.

The talented youngster not only believes the Argentina forward is the greatest player on earth, but he has even managed to name his dog after the four-time Ballon d’Or winner simply because his dog is the ‘best in the world’ like the Barcelona forward.

He said: "I named my dog 'Messi' because Messi is the best in the world, and so is my dog." 

The 21-year-old was explaining the reason behind his pet’s unique name earlier this summer before his move to Real Madrid was announced.

Isco had previously made headlines when an old interview surfaced from his time at Valencia where he clearly described himself as an anti-Madridista, citing the club’s arrogant attitude as the reason why.

Furthermore, Isco took a dig at then Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho on social networking site Twitter, during the 2011 Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United.  

He has also failed to hide his admiration for Barcelona duo Xavi and Andres Iniesta, and, admitted that ex-Barcelona legend Ronaldinho is one of his inspirations.

The former Valencia player will sign a five-year deal with Real Madrid upon completion of his medical, before he’s presented to the press and fans at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid will be hoping that Isco can inspire them to an impressive tenth Champions League title under new manager Carlo Ancelotti.


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