The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forwards tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that persuasion him to meet 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 mom 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 leads in January, has the potential to become one of the best sends in “the worlds” but what does him stand out even more is his desire to likewise help out defensively.
It is not a character he shares with too many forwards but then they may not get a rollocking from their baby if they do not help out at the back. Gabriel Jesus does. Yes, its true-blue that my mother has a go at me when I dont track back, he speaks 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 are worth kudo. I am really happy to have a mum like that, who really maintenances. She ever tells me the truth and her honesty helps me a lot.
Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and hugely positive existence in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no surprise considering his upbringing. The musicians papa were killed when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother created him and his three brethren on her own. She was a cleaner back then and there was not a lot of money around. A football musician grows up faster than other people, he answers. I grew up very rapidly because of certain difficulties and responsibilities that I have always had.
Gabriel Jesus is a really mature 19 -year-old. We match 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 interview. 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 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 scoring 37 points in 22 competitions in the Paulista Under-1 7 tournament and at the end of the season he was appointed best available beginner of the Brasileiro .
And that was just the beginning. This summertime he won Olympic gold with Braziland then did his debut for the senior team, scoring two objectives in a 3-0 away win against Ecuador. And he is still a adolescent. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a follower: When I attend Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a superb expedition 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 tones of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike many colossal genius these days, he did not meet a top side Palmeiras until persons under the age of 15 so his busines was very much shaped by street football.
His childhood neighbourhood is always on his psyche and on his surface. On his forearm there is a tattoo indicating a son with a ball in his hand 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 friend 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 epoches[ 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 most important to recruit the pitch 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 auto. A dark-skinned boy cannot drive a neat vehicle in the neighborhood 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 society did not offer him adaptation, means 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 had all along been football and that simply, he alleges. Since I was six years old Ive only really thought about football. I used to watch it on TV, romp video games and so on. I merely love football. Some beings joke that I am too into it but football just summing-up up my life.
His discipline is surprising for the purposes of the a young age, and “its probably” one of the things that has impressed Pep Guardiola, the manager who was desperate to raise him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off rival 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 triumphed, Gabriel Jesus says. The proximity of Guardiola as a administrator at City and the fact 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 constituted me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally yet but he already made me feel very safe about his activity there.