The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forwards tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that convinced him to assemble 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 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 governors in January, has the potential to become one of best available sends in “the worlds” but what shapes him stand out even more is his desire to also help out defensively.
It is not a attribute he shares with too many sends but then they may not get a rollocking from their mother 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 suggests in his first interview 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 are worth adoration. I am really happy to have a mum like that, who really cautions. She ever tells me the truth and her honesty facilitates me a lot.
Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and tremendously positive attendance in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no surprise considering his upbringing. The musicians father died when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother invoked 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 participate grows up faster than other parties, he says. I grew up very quickly because of certain difficulties and responsibilities that I have always had.
Gabriel Jesus is a really mature 19 -year-old. We fill 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 course of its interrogation. He starts by apologising for being late. I had to do the sparkler shower, he explains.
It has been a stormy 18 months for “the mens” from Jardim Peri, a humble neighbourhood on the outskirts 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 destinations in 22 activities in the Paulista Under-1 7 competitor and at the end of the season he was mentioned the best beginner of the Brasileiro .
And that was just the beginning. This summertime he won Olympic gold with Braziland then obliged his debut for the senior unit, scoring two purposes in a 3-0 away win against Ecuador. And he is still a teen. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a follower: When I verify Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a marvelous jaunt onward, 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 tars of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike numerous prodigious aptitudes these days, he did not connect a upper side Palmeiras until persons under the age of 15 so his busines was very much shaped by street football.
His childhood neighbourhood is always on his memory and on his skin. On his forearm there is a tattoo establishing a son with a ball in his hand looking at a favela in front of him, dreaming of a better future in football. The tattoo is almost identical to the one that his acquaintance 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 days[ a special type of Brazilian street football ], I tried to take in all the instructions of all the tutors 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 lives in Jardim Peri but goes back to visit friends. When doing so in December he was stopped by the police while driving his expensive automobile. A dark-skinned son cannot drive a neat auto in the community where he grew up without being stopped by the police. Everyone knows how hard it is to be black in local 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 society did not volunteer him adaptation, means that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from qualify, and that would have had a negative impact on his school work.
Not that Gabriel Jesus paid too much attention to anything apart from football. My whole life has always been football and that merely, he articulates. Since I was six years old Ive only really thought about football. I used to watch it on TV, play-act video games and so on. I just adoration football. Some people joke that I am too into it but football exactly summarize 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 desperate to accompany him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off competition 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 director at City and the fact that it is a great association were very important factors in my final judgment. Guardiolas phone call was a huge part of me deciding to go there. It built me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally hitherto but he already obliged me feel very safe about his projection there.