The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forwards tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that persuaded him to join 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 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 captains in January, has the potential to become one of the best forwards in “the worlds” but what stirs him stand out even more is his desire to too help out defensively.
It is not a characteristic he shares with too many sends but then they may not get a rollocking from their mom 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 responds in his first interview with non-Brazilian media since signing for City. We are very, very close and she requires 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 upkeeps. She always tells me the truth and her seriousnes facilitates me a lot.
Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and enormously positive presence in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no stun considering his upbringing. The players papa died when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother raised him and his three brothers on her own. She was a cleaner back then and there was not a lot of coin around. A football player grows up faster than other beings, he articulates. I grew up very quickly because of the difficulties and responsibilities that I have always had.
Gabriel Jesus is a really mature 19 -year-old. We satisfy 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 interview. He starts by apologising for running late. I had to do the sparkler bathtub, he explains.
It has been a stormy 18 months for the man from Jardim Peri, a humble vicinity on the suburbs of So Paulo( it is a comunidade , a kind of favela , merely a little bit more peaceful ). In March 2015 he made his debut for Palmeiras after tallying 37 objectives in 22 plays in the Paulista Under-1 7 rivalry and at the end of the season he was reputation best available newcomer of the Brasileiro .
And that was just the beginning. This summertime he won Olympic gold with Braziland then cleared his debut for the senior squad, scoring two goals in a 3-0 away prevail against Ecuador. And he is still a adolescent. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a devotee: When I check Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a awesome jaunt onward, Ronaldo told TV Globo recently.
It is not that long ago Gabriel Jesus was playing for the amateur unit Pequeninos do Meio Ambiente on the tones of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike numerous colossal genius these days, he did not assemble a top side Palmeiras until the age of 15 so his career was very much determined by street football.
His childhood neighbourhood is always on his sentiment and on his skin. On his forearm there is a tattoo showing a boy with a ball in his hands looking at a favela in front of him, daydream of a better future in football. The tattoo is almost identical to the one that his sidekick Neymar has.
I have always enjoyed working on and thats why I try to give my best good tactically as well as going 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 coach-and-fours I had. I am the same today. After all, it is essential to enroll the pitching knowing what I have to do to help the team.
He no longer was living in Jardim Peri but goes back to visit acquaintances. When doing so in December he was stopped by the police while driving his expensive automobile. A dark-skinned boy cannot drive a neat auto in the region where he grew up without being stopped by the police. Everyone knows how hard it is to be 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 golf-club did not furnish him adaptation, means that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from practice, 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 traditionally been football and that simply, he suggests. 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 just love football. Some beings joke that I am too into it but football precisely summing-up 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 hopeless to draw 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 telephone calls from their new manager.
It was a complicated decision, but in the end my desire to learn triumphed, Gabriel Jesus says. The proximity of Guardiola as a administrator at City and the fact that it is a great golf-club were very important factors in my final judgment. Guardiolas phone call was a huge part of me deciding to go there. It stirred me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally yet but he already moved me feel very safe about his programme there.