The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forward tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that reassured 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 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, has the potential to become one of best available sends in “the worlds” but what represents him stand out even more is his desire to also help out defensively.
It is not a idiosyncrasy he shares with too many forwards but then they may not get a rollocking from their mom if they do not help out at the back. Gabriel Jesus does. Yes, its true that my mother has a go at me when I dont track back, he says in his first interview with non-Brazilian media since signing for City. We are very, very close and she challenges a lot from me, which is great. She only praises me if I have done something are worth accolade. I am really happy to have a mum like that, who really upkeeps. She ever tells me the truth and her seriousnes helps me a lot.
Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and tremendously positive existence in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no amaze considering his upbringing. The participates parent died when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother elevated 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 musician grows up faster than other parties, he remarks. 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 ice bath, he explains.
It has been a hectic 18 months for the man from Jardim Peri, a humble neighbourhood 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 tallying 37 objectives in 22 games in the Paulista Under-1 7 competition and at the end of the season he was mentioned the best newcomer of the Brasileiro .
And that was just the beginning. This summertime he won Olympic gold with Braziland then saw his debut for the elderly team, tallying two aims in a 3-0 away acquire against Ecuador. And he is still a girl. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a devotee: When I identify Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a incredible pilgrimage ahead, 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 tars of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike many staggering genius these days, he did not meet a upper side Palmeiras until the age of 15 so his busines was very much determined 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, daydream of a better future in football. The tattoo is almost identical to the one that his friend 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 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 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 automobile. A dark-skinned boy cannot drive a nice vehicle in the community 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 sorority did not render him adaptation, 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 academy 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 says. Since I was six years old Ive only really was just thinking about football. I used to watch it on Tv, gambling video games and so on. I just adoration football. Some parties joke that I am too into it but football merely 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 raise him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a red-hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off tournament 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 acquired, Gabriel Jesus says. The spirit of Guardiola as a director at City and the facts of the case that it is a great team were very important factors in my final judgment. Guardiolas phone call was a huge part of me deciding to go there. It constituted me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally yet but he already established me feel very safe about his job there.