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 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 managers in January, has the potential to become one of best available sends in “the worlds” but what establishes him stand out even more is his are looking forward to likewise help out defensively.
It is not a characteristic 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 genuine that my mother has a go at me when I dont track back, he mentions 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 is worth adoration. I am really happy to have a mum like that, that actually attends. She always tells me the truth and her honesty helps me a lot.
Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and staggeringly positive spirit in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no amaze considering his upbringing. The players papa died when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother invoked him and his three friends on her own. She was a cleaner back then and there was not a lot of coin around. A football actor grows up faster than other parties, he answers. I grew up very soon because of the difficulties and responsibilities that I have always had.
Gabriel Jesus is a really mature 19 -year-old. We encounter 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 course of its interrogation. He starts by apologising for being late. I had to do the sparkler soak, 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 , simply a little bit more peaceful ). In March 2015 he made his debut for Palmeiras after tallying 37 aims in 22 activities 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 summer he won Olympic gold with Braziland then induced his debut for the elderly crew, tallying two purposes in a 3-0 away triumph against Ecuador. And he is still a teen. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a love: When I check Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a phenomenal journeying 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 slopes of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike many colossal abilities these days, he did not connect a top side Palmeiras until the age of 15 so his job was very much shaped by street football.
His childhood neighbourhood is always on his subconsciou and on his surface. On his forearm there is a tattoo proving a son with a ball in his hands 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 pal Neymar has.
I have always experienced working hard and thats why I try to give my best good tactically as well as going forward. From an early age, in my vrzea dates[ 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 penetrate the tone knowing what I have to do to help the team.
He no longer was living in Jardim Peri but goes back to visit friends. When doing so in December he was stopped by the police while driving his expensive auto. A dark-skinned son cannot drive a neat auto in the vicinity 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 remain in Jardim Peri until last year. He could have left for So Paulo as early as 2010 but the fraternity did not furnish him adaptation, meaning that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from schooling, 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 have traditionally been football and that only, he replies. Since I was six years old Ive only really was just thinking about football. I used to watch it on TV, participate video games and so on. I only enjoy football. Some beings joke that I am too into it but football just sums up my life.
His discipline is surprising for such a young age, and this is probably one of the matters that has impressed Pep Guardiola, the manager who was hopeless to make him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off competition 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 existence of Guardiola as a administrator at City and the facts of the case that it is a great golf-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 obliged me feel very safe about his programme there.