The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forward tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that reassured 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 father 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 leads in January, provides an opportunity to become one of the best forwards in “the worlds” but what becomes him stand out even more is his desire to likewise help out defensively.
It is not a character 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 supposes 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 adoration. I am really happy to have a mum like that, who really attentions. She always tells me the truth and her honesty helps me a lot.
Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and enormously positive attendance in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no surprise considering his upbringing. The participates father died when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother caused 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 actor grows up faster than other beings, he announces. 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 congregate 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 course of its interview. He starts by apologising for being late. I had to do the frost soap, he explains.
It has been a hectic 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 tallying 37 destinations in 22 activities in the Paulista Under-1 7 rivalry and at the end of the season he was referred best available newcomer of the Brasileiro .
And that was just the beginning. This summer he won Olympic gold with Braziland then built his debut for the senior squad, tallying two points in a 3-0 away prevail against Ecuador. And he is still a boy. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a love: When I read Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a phenomenal journey 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 numerous staggering talents these days, he did not meet a top side Palmeiras until persons under the age of 15 so his career was very much influenced by street football.
His childhood neighbourhood is always on his psyche and on his skin. On his forearm there is a tattoo indicating 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 sidekick 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 tutors I had. I am the same today. After all, it is very important to participate the tone knowing what I have to do to help the team.
He no longer lives 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 son cannot drive a nice gondola in the region where he grew up without being stopped by the police. Everyone knows how hard it is to be pitch-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 guild did not offer him accommodation, 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 academy work.
Not that Gabriel Jesus paid too much attention to anything apart from football. My whole life had all along been football and that simply, he does. Since I was six years old Ive only really was just thinking about football. I used to watch it on TV, play-act video games and so on. I merely adoration football. Some people joke that I am too into it but football only 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 desperate to draw him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off challenger 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 society were very important factors in my final decision. Guardiolas phone call was a huge part of me deciding to go there. It became me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally hitherto but he already cleared me feel very safe about his project there.