The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forward tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that persuaded 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 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 leads in January, has the potential to become one of the best forwards in “the worlds” but what does him stand out even more is his are looking forward to likewise help out defensively.
It is not a peculiarity he shares with too many forwards but then they are not able to get a rollocking from their mother if they do not is to assist at the back. Gabriel Jesus does. Yes, its true-blue that my mother has a go at me when I dont track back, he supposes in his first interview 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 attends. She ever tells me the truth and her honesty facilitates me a lot.
Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and hugely positive proximity in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no astonish considering his upbringing. The actors father passed away when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother parent him and his three friends on her own. She was a cleaner back then and there was not a lot of fund around. A football player grows up faster than other people, he announces. I grew up very quickly because of the difficulties and responsibilities that I have always had.
Gabriel Jesus is a very mature 19 -year-old. We converge 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 bath, he explains.
It has been a tumultuous 18 months for the man from Jardim Peri, a humble locality on the suburbs 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 tallying 37 objectives in 22 competitions in the Paulista Under-1 7 rival and at the end of the season he was mentioned best available beginner of the Brasileiro .
And that was just the beginning. This summer he won Olympic gold with Braziland then saw his debut for the senior team, scoring two goals in a 3-0 away acquire against Ecuador. And he is still a adolescent. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a fan: When I receive Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a fantastic expedition ahead, Ronaldo told TV Globo recently.
It is not that long ago Gabriel Jesus was playing for the amateur team Pequeninos do Meio Ambiente on the lurches of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike many prodigious talents these days, he did not join 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 thought and on his surface. On his forearm there is a tattoo showing a son with a ball in his hands 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 friend Neymar has.
I have always enjoyed working on 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 essential to recruit the slope 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 vehicle. A dark-skinned son cannot drive a nice auto in the region 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 give him adaptation, meaning that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from course, 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 only, he answers. Since I was six years old Ive only really thought about football. I used to watch it on Tv, gambling video games and so on. I simply affection football. Some parties joke that I am too into it but football simply summing-up 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 deliver him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a red-hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off competitor from Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain partly because of telephone calls from their brand-new manager.
It was a complicated decision, but in the end my desire to learn prevailed, Gabriel Jesus says. The proximity of Guardiola as a director at City and the facts of the case that it is a great club were very important factors in my final decision. Guardiolas phone call was a huge part of me deciding to go there. It prepared me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally hitherto but he already manufactured me feel very safe about his job there.