The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forward tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that convinced him to connect 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 baby 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 rulers in January, has the potential to become one of the best sends in the world but what acquires him stand out even more is his desire to likewise help out defensively.
It is not a characteristic he shares with too many forwards but then they are not able to get a rollocking from their mother 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 interrogation with non-Brazilian media since signing for City. We are very, very close and she asks a lot from me, which is great. She only praises me if I have done something worthy of adoration. I am really happy to have a mum like that, who really cares. She ever tells me the truth and her sincerity facilitates me a lot.
Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and hugely positive existence in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no surprise conceiving his upbringing. The musicians parent were killed when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother conjured him and his three brethren on her own. She was a cleaner back then and there was not a lot of coin around. A football participate grows up faster than other beings, he says. 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 fulfill 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 interrogation. He starts by apologising for running late. I had to do the frost tub, he explains.
It has been a hectic 18 months for “the mens” from Jardim Peri, a humble neighbourhood on the outskirts 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 points in 22 tournaments in the Paulista Under-1 7 race and at the end of the season he was called the best beginner of the Brasileiro .
And that was just the beginning. This summertime he won Olympic gold with Braziland then constituted his debut for the elderly squad, tallying two goals in a 3-0 away acquire against Ecuador. And he is still a boy. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a follower: When I determine Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a fantastic passage 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 pitchings 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 career was very much determined by street football.
His childhood neighbourhood is always on his brain and on his surface. On his forearm there is a tattoo evidencing a son with a ball in his hand 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 experienced working hard and thats why I try to give my best tactically as well as moving forward. From an early age, in my vrzea eras[ a special type of Brazilian street football ], I tried to take in all the instructions of all the coaches I had. I am the same today. After all, it is essential to enroll the tone knowing what I have to do to help the team.
He no longer lives in Jardim Peri but goes back to visit pals. When doing so in December he was stopped by the police while driving his expensive automobile. A dark-skinned son cannot drive a nice automobile 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 society did not volunteer him adaptation, meaning 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 has traditionally been football and that only, he says. Since I was six years old Ive only really thought about football. I used to watch it on Tv, performance video games and so on. I just adoration football. Some people joke that I am too into it but football merely sums up my life.
His discipline is remarkable for such a young age, and this is probably one of the points that has impressed Pep Guardiola, the manager who was frantic to draw him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a 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 a phone call from their brand-new manager.
It was a complicated decision, but in the end my desire to learn prevailed, Gabriel Jesus says. The spirit of Guardiola as a administrator at City and the facts of the case that it is a great sorority were very important factors in my final decision. Guardiolas phone call was a huge part of me deciding to go there. It cleared me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally yet but he already stirred me feel very safe about his job there.