The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forward tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that convinced 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 governors in January, provides an opportunity to become one of the best sends in “the worlds” but what becomes him stand out even more is his desire to too help out defensively.
It is not a attribute he shares with too many forwards 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-blue that my mother has a go at me when I dont track back, he speaks in his first interrogation with non-Brazilian media since signing for City. We are very, very close and she demands a lot from me, which is great. She only praises me if I have done something worthy of adoration. I am really happy to have a mum like that, that actually attends. She ever tells me the truth and her candour facilitates me a lot.
Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and enormously positive presence in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no surprise considering his upbringing. The musicians father died when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother heightened him and his three friends on her own. She was a cleaner back then and there was not a lot of money around. A football actor grows up faster than other people, he enunciates. 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 fulfill 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 sparkler shower, he explains.
It has been a stormy 18 months for “the mens” from Jardim Peri, a humble neighborhood 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 goals in 22 tournaments in the Paulista Under-1 7 challenger and at the end of the season he was called the best beginner of the Brasileiro .
And that was just the beginning. This summertime he won Olympic gold with Braziland then made his debut for the elderly team, scoring two destinations in a 3-0 away acquire against Ecuador. And he is still a boy. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a love: When I witness Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a fantastic wander 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 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 persons under the age of 15 so his busines was very much influenced by street football.
His childhood neighbourhood is always on his brain and on his skin. On his forearm there is a tattoo proving a boy 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 acquaintance Neymar has.
I have always experienced working on 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 coach-and-fours I had. I am the same today. After all, it is very important to enroll the tar knowing what I have to do to help the team.
He no longer was living in Jardim Peri but goes back to visit sidekicks. When doing so in December he was stopped by the police while driving his expensive auto. A dark-skinned son cannot drive a neat car in the vicinity 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 stayed in Jardim Peri until last year. He could have left for So Paulo as early as 2010 but the association did not offer him adaptation, means that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from grooming, 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 merely, he tells. Since I was six years old Ive only really thought about football. I used to watch it on TV, participate video games and so on. I just affection football. Some beings joke that I am too into it but football just summarize up my life.
His discipline is surprising for such a young age, and “its probably” one of the things that has impressed Pep Guardiola, the manager who was frantic to deliver him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a red-hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off race 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 acquired, Gabriel Jesus says. The presence of Guardiola as a manager at City and the facts of the case that it is a great association were very important factors in my final decision. Guardiolas phone call was a huge part of me deciding to go there. It reached me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally yet but he already stimulated me feel very safe about his projection there.