The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forward tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that persuasion him to join 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 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 governors in January, has the potential to become one of best available 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 sends but then they are not able to get a rollocking from their father 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 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 worthy of praise. I am really happy to have a mum like that, who really cares. She ever tells me the truth and her seriousnes helps me a lot.
Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and tremendously positive spirit in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no surprise examining his upbringing. The players papa were killed when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother grew 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 participate 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 very mature 19 -year-old. We assemble 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 being 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 locality 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 tallying 37 aims in 22 games in the Paulista Under-1 7 contender and at the end of the season he was named the best newcomer of the Brasileiro .
And that was just the beginning. This summertime he won Olympic gold with Braziland then induced his debut for the senior unit, scoring two objectives in a 3-0 away triumph against Ecuador. And he is still a adolescent. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a fan: When I envision Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a phenomenal journey onward, Ronaldo told TV Globo recently.
It is not that long ago Gabriel Jesus was playing for the amateur crew Pequeninos do Meio Ambiente on the pitchings of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike many prodigious aptitudes these days, he did not assemble a top side Palmeiras until the age of 15 so his vocation was very much influenced by street football.
His childhood neighbourhood is always on his recollection and on his surface. On his forearm there is a tattoo picturing a son 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 friend Neymar has.
I have always experienced working on and thats why I try to give my best tactically as well as moving forward. From an early age, in my vrzea daytimes[ 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 very important to register the lurch knowing what I have to do to help the team.
He no longer was living in Jardim Peri but goes back to visit sidekicks. When doing so in December he was stopped by the police while driving his expensive auto. A dark-skinned son cannot drive a nice automobile in the neighborhood 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 stayed in Jardim Peri until last year. He could have left for So Paulo as early as 2010 but the association did not render him adaptation, meaning that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from grooming, 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 simply, he says. Since I was six years old Ive only really thought about football. I used to watch it on TV, play video games and so on. I exactly adore football. Some beings joke that I am too into it but football only summing-up up my life.
His discipline is surprising for the purposes of the a young age, and “its probably” one of the points that has impressed Pep Guardiola, the manager who was desperate to accompany him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off contender 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 prevailed, Gabriel Jesus says. The proximity of Guardiola as a administrator at City and the facts of the case that it is a great club were very important factors in my final decision. Guardiolas phone call was a huge part of me deciding to go there. It established me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally yet but he already realise me feel very safe about his job there.