The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forwards tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that reassured 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 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 also help out defensively.
It is not a attribute 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 true-blue 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 challenges 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, that actually attends. She ever tells me the truth and her candour facilitates me a lot.
Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and enormously positive attendance in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no surprise considering his upbringing. The players papa were killed when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother raised him and his three friends on her own. She was a cleaner back then and there was not a lot of fund around. A football musician 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 ice tub, he explains.
It has been a stormy 18 months for “the mens” from Jardim Peri, a humble neighborhood on the outskirts of So Paulo( it is a comunidade , a kind of favela , simply a little bit more peaceful ). In March 2015 he made his debut for Palmeiras after tallying 37 destinations in 22 plays in the Paulista Under-1 7 competition 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 obliged his debut for the elderly crew, scoring two aims in a 3-0 away prevail against Ecuador. And he is still a teen. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a love: When I look Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a magnificent passage 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 pitches of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike numerous staggering talents these days, he did not connect a top side Palmeiras until persons under the age of 15 so his career was very much shaped by street football.
His childhood neighbourhood is always on his judgment and on his surface. On his forearm there is a tattoo proving a boy 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 pal 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 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 recruit 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 gondola. A dark-skinned boy cannot drive a neat gondola 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 remain in Jardim Peri until last year. He could have left for So Paulo as early as 2010 but the sorority did not offer him adaptation, means that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from civilize, and that would have had a negative impact on his institution work.
Not that Gabriel Jesus paid too much attention to anything apart from football. My whole life has traditionally been football and that merely, he says. Since I was six years old Ive only really was just thinking about football. I used to watch it on TV, play video games and so on. I just adoration football. Some parties joke that I am too into it but football only summarize 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 raise him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off competition 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 triumphed, Gabriel Jesus says. The existence of Guardiola as a administrator at City and the fact that it is a great golf-club were very important factors in my final decision. Guardiolas phone call was a huge part of me deciding to go there. It built me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally hitherto but he already saw me feel very safe about his project there.