The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forward tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that convinced him to assemble 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 mother 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 managers in January, has the potential to become one of best available sends in the world but what realizes him stand out even more is his desire to likewise help out defensively.
It is not a idiosyncrasy 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 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 demands 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 maintenances. She always tells me the truth and her franknes facilitates me a lot.
Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and immensely positive presence in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no surprise pondering his upbringing. The musicians parent were killed when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother developed 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 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 match 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 ice soap, he explains.
It has been a stormy 18 months for “the mens” 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 games in the Paulista Under-1 7 competitor and at the end of the season he was referred 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 senior squad, tallying two goals in a 3-0 away acquire against Ecuador. And he is still a boy. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a follower: When I look Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a awesome journey 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 tones of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike numerous prodigious expertises 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 subconsciou and on his scalp. On his forearm there is a tattoo evidencing a boy with a ball in his hands 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 friend Neymar has.
I have always enjoyed working hard and thats why I try to give my best tactically as well as moving forward. From an early age, in my vrzea periods[ 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 enroll 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 friends. When doing so in December he was stopped by the police while driving his expensive auto. A dark-skinned son cannot drive a neat car in the community 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 stayed in Jardim Peri until last year. He could have left for So Paulo as early as 2010 but the society did not offer him accommodation, means that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from education, 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 traditionally 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, performance video games and so on. I only adore football. Some people joke that I am too into it but football merely sums up my life.
His discipline is remarkable for such a young age, and “its probably” one of the things that has impressed Pep Guardiola, the manager who was frantic to accompanied him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a red-hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off competitor from Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain partly because of telephone calls from their new manager.
It was a involved decision, but in the end my desire to learn won, Gabriel Jesus says. The existence 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 stimulated me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally yet but he already induced me feel very safe about his programme there.