Over the past 18 months or so Isco has truly flourished into one of the most important players for Real Madrid and Spain.

On Saturday evening he produced a series of outrageous moments during Spain’s 3-0 win over Italy, including this sensational nutmeg on Marco Verratti.

Speaking in the mixed zone after the game Verratti was hugely impressed with Isco, saying that not even Lionel Messi has reached the sort of levels he showed on Saturday.

“I suffered a lot against Isco,” Verratti said.

“I was taken aback by his performance. Not even Messi has come close to that level.

“When I saw his nutmeg, I felt like standing up and applauding too.”