The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forwards tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that persuaded him to connect Manchester City and that his mum is never pleased with him unless he helps out defensively too
No one wants to be told off by their baby and Gabriel Jesus is no different. The Brazilian wonderkid, who signed for Manchester City in the summer for 27 m and will join the Premier League managers in January, has the potential to become one of the best forwards in the world but what acquires him stand out even more is his desire to too help out defensively.
It is not a character he shares with too many sends but then they may not get a rollocking from their mother if they do not is to assist at the back. Gabriel Jesus does. Yes, its true that my mother has a go at me when I dont track back, he alleges in his first interview with non-Brazilian media since signing for City. We are very, very close and she requires a lot from me, which is great. She only praises me if I have done something worthy of praise. I am really happy to have a mum like that, who really upkeeps. She ever tells me the truth and her franknes facilitates me a lot.
Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and immensely positive existence in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no surprise considering his upbringing. The musicians father were killed when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother raised him and his three brothers on her own. She was a cleaner back then and there was not a lot of money around. A football musician grows up faster than other people, he reads. I grew up very rapidly because of certain difficulties and responsibilities that I have always had.
Gabriel Jesus is a really mature 19 -year-old. We assemble at Academia de futebol, Palmeirass training centre and he is respectful and humble. He does not wear sunglasses or headphones and does not play with his mobile during the interview. He starts by apologising for being late. I had to do the frost bathroom, he explains.
It has been a tumultuous 18 months for “the mens” from Jardim Peri, a humble region on the outskirts of So Paulo( it is a comunidade , a kind of favela , simply a little bit more peaceful ). In March 2015 he made his debut for Palmeiras after tallying 37 destinations in 22 tournaments in the Paulista Under-1 7 contender and at the end of the season he was reputation best available beginner of the Brasileiro .
And that was just the beginning. This summer he won Olympic gold with Braziland then built his debut for the senior crew, tallying two points in a 3-0 away triumph against Ecuador. And he is still a teen. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a love: When I investigate Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a marvelous tour onward, Ronaldo told TV Globo recently.
It is not that long ago Gabriel Jesus was playing for the amateur unit Pequeninos do Meio Ambiente on the lurches of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike numerous prodigious talents these days, he did not connect a top side Palmeiras until persons under the age of 15 so his career was very much influenced by street football.
His childhood neighbourhood is always on his thinker and on his surface. On his forearm there is a tattoo picturing a boy with a ball in his hand looking at a favela in front of him, fantasy of a better future in football. The tattoo is almost identical to the one that his friend Neymar has.
I have always experienced working on and thats why I try to give my best good tactically as well as moves forward. From an early age, in my vrzea daylights[ a special type of Brazilian street football ], I tried to take in all the instructions of all the coach-and-fours I had. I am the same today. After all, it is most important to penetrate the pitch knowing what I have to do to help the team.
He no longer was living in Jardim Peri but goes back to visit pals. When doing so in December he was stopped by the police while driving his expensive gondola. A dark-skinned son cannot drive a neat gondola in the neighborhood where he grew up without being stopped by the police. Everyone knows how hard it is to be black in our communities, he wrote on Instagram.
He stayed in Jardim Peri until last year. He could have left for So Paulo as early as 2010 but the fraternity did not offer him accommodation, means that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from exercise, and that would have had a negative impact on his academy work.
Not that Gabriel Jesus paid too much attention to anything apart from football. My whole life has always been football and that only, he pronounces. Since I was six years old Ive only really was just thinking about football. I used to watch it on TV, performance video games and so on. I only adoration football. Some beings joke that I am too into it but football exactly sums up my life.
His discipline is surprising for such a young age, and this is probably one of the things that has impressed Pep Guardiola, the manager who was hopeless to accompanied him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a red-hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off challenger from Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain partly because of a phone call from their new manager.
It was a involved decision, but in the end my desire to learn prevailed, Gabriel Jesus says. The existence of Guardiola as a administrator at City and the facts of the case that it is a great squad were very important factors in my final decision. Guardiolas phone call was a huge part of me deciding to go there. It represented me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally yet but he already cleared me feel very safe about his assignment there.