The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forward tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that persuaded him to meet Manchester City and that his mum is never pleased with him unless he facilitates out defensively too
No one wants to be told off by their mother 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 captains in January, provides an opportunity to become one of the best sends in the world but what does him stand out even more is his desire to too help out defensively.
It is not a character he shares with too many forwards but then they may not get a rollocking from their mom if they do not help out at the back. Gabriel Jesus does. Yes, its true that my mother has a go at me when I dont track back, he mentions in his first interview with non-Brazilian media since signing for City. We are very, very close and she asks a lot from me, which is great. She only praises me if I have done something worthy of accolade. I am really happy to have a mum like that, who really attends. She always tells me the truth and her sincerity helps me a lot.
Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and immensely positive proximity in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no surprise considering his upbringing. The players parent were killed when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother elevated him and his three brethren 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 parties, he speaks. I grew up very rapidly because of certain difficulties and responsibilities that I have always had.
Gabriel Jesus is a very mature 19 -year-old. We match 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 sparkler tub, he explains.
It has been a hectic 18 months for the man from Jardim Peri, a humble locality on the suburbs of So Paulo( it is a comunidade , a kind of favela , only a little bit more peaceful ). In March 2015 he made his debut for Palmeiras after scoring 37 purposes in 22 tournaments in the Paulista Under-1 7 competitor and at the end of the season he was identified the best beginner of the Brasileiro .
And that was just the beginning. This summer he won Olympic gold with Braziland then attained his debut for the elderly unit, scoring two aims in a 3-0 away prevail against Ecuador. And he is still a adolescent. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a love: When I see Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a fantastic excursion onward, Ronaldo told TV Globo recently.
It is not that long ago Gabriel Jesus was playing for the amateur crew Pequeninos do Meio Ambiente on the tones of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike many prodigious genius these days, he did not join a top side Palmeiras until the age of 15 so his profession was very much influenced by street football.
His childhood neighbourhood is always on his sentiment and on his surface. On his forearm there is a tattoo testifying a son with a ball in his hands looking at a favela in front of him, daydream of a better future in football. The tattoo is almost identical to the one that his pal Neymar has.
I have always enjoyed working on and thats why I try to give my best tactically as well as going forward. From an early age, in my vrzea daytimes[ a special type of Brazilian street football ], I tried to take in all the instructions of all the coaches I had. I am the same today. After all, it is very important to enroll 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 acquaintances. When doing so in December he was stopped by the police while driving his expensive gondola. A dark-skinned boy cannot drive a nice gondola in the community 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 remain in Jardim Peri until last year. He could have left for So Paulo as early as 2010 but the guild did not render him adaptation, means that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from improve, and that would have had a negative impact on his institution work.
Not that Gabriel Jesus paid too much attention to anything apart from football. My whole life has always been football and that exclusively, he says. Since I was six years old Ive only really thought about football. I used to watch it on Tv, gambling video games and so on. I merely adoration football. Some beings joke that I am too into it but football simply 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 frantic to create him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a red-hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off tournament 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 complicated decision, but in the end my desire to learn triumphed, Gabriel Jesus says. The existence of Guardiola as a manager at City and the fact that it is a great squad were very important factors in my final judgment. Guardiolas phone call was a huge part of me deciding to go there. It obliged me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally yet but he already prepared me feel very safe about his activity there.