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 helps 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 presidents in January, has the potential to become one of best available sends in the world but what stimulates him stand out even more is his desire to likewise help out defensively.
It is not a trait he shares with too many forwards but then they are not able to get a rollocking from their mom if they do not is to assist at the back. Gabriel Jesus does. Yes, its genuine 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 expects 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 attends. She ever tells me the truth and her candour facilitates me a lot.
Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and immensely positive spirit in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no surprise pondering his upbringing. The participates papa were killed when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother caused him and his three brothers on her own. She was a cleaner back then and there was not a lot of fund around. A football actor grows up faster than other people, 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 congregate 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 interrogation. He starts by apologising for running late. I had to do the sparkler soap, he explains.
It has been a stormy 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 , only a little bit more peaceful ). In March 2015 he made his debut for Palmeiras after scoring 37 purposes in 22 activities in the Paulista Under-1 7 contender and at the end of the season he was mentioned best available newcomer of the Brasileiro .
And that was just the beginning. This summertime he won Olympic gold with Braziland then represented his debut for the elderly unit, tallying two aims in a 3-0 away prevail against Ecuador. And he is still a teenager. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a love: When I attend Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a incredible outing ahead, 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 pitchings of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike many prodigious endowments these days, he did not join a top side Palmeiras until persons under the age of 15 so his vocation 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 picturing a boy with a ball in his hand looking at a favela in front of him, fantasy 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 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 recruit the tar 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 auto. A dark-skinned boy cannot drive a neat gondola in the region where he grew up without being stopped by the police. Everyone knows how hard it is to be pitch-black in local 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 guild did not furnish him accommodation, 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 school work.
Not that Gabriel Jesus paid too much attention to anything apart from football. My whole life has always been football and that exclusively, he says. Since I was six years old Ive only really was just thinking about football. I used to watch it on TV, play-act video games and so on. I merely cherish football. Some beings joke that I am too into it but football exactly sums up my life.
His discipline is remarkable for such a young age, and this is probably one of the things that has impressed Pep Guardiola, the manager who was hopeless to introduce him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a red-hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off race 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 involved decision, but in the end my desire to learn acquired, Gabriel Jesus says. The existence of Guardiola as a manager 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 became me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally hitherto but he already manufactured me feel very safe about his project there.