The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forward tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that persuaded 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 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 chairmen in January, given the opportunity to become one of the best sends in the world but what manufactures 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 may not get a rollocking from their father 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 says 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 worthy of praise. I am really happy to have a mum like that, that actually charges. She ever tells me the truth and her honesty facilitates me a lot.
Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and staggeringly positive proximity in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no surprise conceiving his upbringing. The participates parent died when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother caused him and his three brethren 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 parties, he says. 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 gratify 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 interrogation. He starts by apologising for running late. I had to do the ice shower, he explains.
It has been a hectic 18 months for the man from Jardim Peri, a humble vicinity 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 aims in 22 plays in the Paulista Under-1 7 tournament and at the end of the season he was referred best available newcomer of the Brasileiro .
And that was just the beginning. This summertime he won Olympic gold with Braziland then saw his debut for the senior crew, tallying two purposes in a 3-0 away prevail against Ecuador. And he is still a girl. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a fan: When I meet Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a magnificent tour onward, 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 staggering talents these days, he did not join a upper side Palmeiras until persons under the age of 15 so his career was very much determined by street football.
His childhood neighbourhood is always on his judgment and on his skin. On his forearm there is a tattoo proving a boy 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 pal Neymar has.
I have always experienced working on and thats why I try to give my best 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 managers I had. I am the same today. After all, it is essential to enroll the slope 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 car. A dark-skinned boy cannot drive a neat car 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 remain in Jardim Peri until last year. He could have left for So Paulo as early as 2010 but the team did not offer him accommodation, meaning that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from prepare, 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 simply, he says. Since I was six years old Ive only really was just thinking about football. I used to watch it on Tv, performance video games and so on. I simply enjoy football. Some people joke that I am too into it but football exactly summarize up my life.
His discipline is surprising for the purposes of the a young age, and this is probably one of the points that has impressed Pep Guardiola, the manager who was frantic to fetch 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 involved decision, but in the end my desire to learn acquired, Gabriel Jesus says. The proximity of Guardiola as a manager at City and the fact that it is a great team were very important factors in my final decision. Guardiolas phone call was a huge part of me deciding to go there. It obligated me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally hitherto but he already did me feel very safe about his assignment there.