The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forward tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that reassured 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 mom 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 presidents in January, provides an opportunity to become one of the best forwards in “the worlds” but what forms him stand out even more is his desire to likewise help out defensively.
It is not a peculiarity he shares with too many forwards but then they may not get a rollocking from their baby if they do not is to assist at the back. Gabriel Jesus does. Yes, its true-life that my mother has a go at me when I dont track back, he says in his first interrogation with non-Brazilian media since signing for City. We are very, very close and she necessitates a lot from me, which is great. She only praises me if I have done something are worth praise. I am really happy to have a mum like that, that actually cautions. She always tells me the truth and her honesty helps me a lot.
Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and tremendously positive spirit in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no surprise considering his upbringing. The actors papa were killed when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother conjured 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 people, he reads. 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 meet 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 interrogation. He starts by apologising for being late. I had to do the ice bath, he explains.
It has been a hectic 18 months for “the mens” from Jardim Peri, a humble community on the outskirts 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 aims in 22 activities in the Paulista Under-1 7 rivalry and at the end of the season he was referred the best beginner of the Brasileiro .
And that was just the beginning. This summer he won Olympic gold with Braziland then established his debut for the senior squad, tallying two aims 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 learn Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a terrific outing 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 pitches of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike many staggering talents these days, he did not connect 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 recollection and on his surface. On his forearm there is a tattoo presenting a son with a ball in his hand looking at a favela in front of him, reverie of a better future in football. The tattoo is almost identical to the one that his pal Neymar has.
I have always experienced working hard and thats why I try to give my best tactically as well as going forward. From an early age, in my vrzea periods[ 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 recruit the tar 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 gondola. A dark-skinned boy cannot drive a nice car in the locality 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 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, meaning that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from set, 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 had all along been football and that merely, he supposes. Since I was six years old Ive only really thought about football. I used to watch it on Tv, play video games and so on. I merely adore football. Some parties joke that I am too into it but football precisely 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 bring him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a red-hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off rival from Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain partly because of a phone call from their brand-new manager.
It was a complicated decision, but in the end my desire to learn acquired, Gabriel Jesus says. The existence of Guardiola as a manager at City and the facts of the case that it is a great sorority were very important factors in my final decision. 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 made me feel very safe about his projection there.