The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forward tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that reassured him to connect 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 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 commanders in January, has the potential to become one of the best forwards in “the worlds” but what obliges him stand out even more is his desire to too help out defensively.
It is not a peculiarity 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-blue that my mother has a go at me when I dont track back, he tells in his first interrogation with non-Brazilian media since signing for City. We are very, very close and she expects a lot from me, which is great. She only praises me if I have done something worthy of kudo. I am really happy to have a mum like that, that actually cares. She always tells me the truth and her sincerity helps me a lot.
Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and immensely positive presence 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 invoked 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 participate grows up faster than other parties, he does. 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 polite and humble. He does not wear sunglasses or headphones and does not play with his mobile during the interrogation. He starts by apologising for running late. I had to do the frost soak, he explains.
It has been a tumultuous 18 months for the man from Jardim Peri, a humble region on the suburbs of So Paulo( it is a comunidade , a kind of favela , exclusively a little bit more peaceful ). In March 2015 he made his debut for Palmeiras after scoring 37 goals in 22 recreations in the Paulista Under-1 7 rival and at the end of the season he was reputation best available newcomer of the Brasileiro .
And that was just the beginning. This summer he won Olympic gold with Braziland then obliged his debut for the elderly team, tallying two objectives 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 look Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a fantastic journeying ahead, Ronaldo told TV Globo recently.
It is not that long ago Gabriel Jesus was playing for the amateur squad Pequeninos do Meio Ambiente on the pitches of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike many staggering talents these days, he did not meet a top side Palmeiras until the age of 15 so his job was very much determined by street football.
His childhood neighbourhood is always on his attention and on his scalp. On his forearm there is a tattoo demo a son with a ball in his hands 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 pal Neymar has.
I have always enjoyed working hard and thats why I try to give my best good tactically as well as moves forward. From an early age, in my vrzea epoches[ 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 most important to enroll the slope 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 nice vehicle in the neighborhood where he grew up without being stopped by the police. Everyone knows how hard it is to be pitch-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 squad did not offer him accommodation, means that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from learn, 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 simply, he supposes. Since I was six years old Ive only really was just thinking about football. I used to watch it on Tv, romp video games and so on. I exactly adoration football. Some beings joke that I am too into it but football just sums up my life.
His discipline is surprising for the purposes of the a young age, and this is probably one of the things that has impressed Pep Guardiola, the manager who was frantic to return him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a red-hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off contender 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 acquired, Gabriel Jesus says. The spirit 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 acquired me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally hitherto but he already made me feel very safe about his assignment there.