The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forwards tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that reassured him to join 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, provides an opportunity to become one of best available forwards in “the worlds” but what realizes him stand out even more is his desire to likewise help out defensively.
It is not a mannerism he shares with too many forwards but then they may not get a rollocking from their mother 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 announces in his first interview 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 staggeringly positive spirit in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no surprise considering his upbringing. The actors papa died when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother parent him and his three brothers on her own. She was a cleaner back then and there was not a lot of money around. A football actor grows up faster than other people, he pronounces. I grew up very quickly because of certain difficulties and responsibilities that I have always had.
Gabriel Jesus is a really mature 19 -year-old. We gratify 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 soap, he explains.
It has been a tumultuous 18 months for “the mens” from Jardim Peri, a humble region on the suburbs 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 scoring 37 purposes in 22 plays in the Paulista Under-1 7 race and at the end of the season he was appointed the best newcomer of the Brasileiro .
And that was just the beginning. This summertime he won Olympic gold with Braziland then did his debut for the elderly unit, 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 fan: When I consider Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a splendid travel 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 slopes of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike numerous colossal aptitudes these days, he did not connect a top side Palmeiras until the age of 15 so his busines was very much shaped by street football.
His childhood neighbourhood is always on his thinker and on his scalp. On his forearm there is a tattoo depicting a son with a ball in his hands 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 hard and thats why I try to give my best good tactically as well as moves forward. From an early age, in my vrzea dates[ 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 very important to register the slope knowing what I have to do to help the team.
He no longer lives in Jardim Peri but goes back to visit friends. When doing so in December he was stopped by the police while driving his expensive gondola. A dark-skinned boy cannot drive a nice auto in the neighborhood where he grew up without being stopped by the police. Everyone knows how hard it is to be 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 fraternity did not give him accommodation, 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 only, he tells. Since I was six years old Ive only really was just thinking about football. I used to watch it on Tv, participate video games and so on. I precisely adoration football. Some people joke that I am too into it but football just summing-up up my life.
His discipline is surprising for such a young age, and this is probably one of the things that has impressed Pep Guardiola, the manager who was frantic to accompanied 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 a phone call from their brand-new manager.
It was a complicated decision, but in the end my desire to learn triumphed, Gabriel Jesus says. The attendance of Guardiola as a director at City and the facts of the case that it is a great squad were very important factors in my final decision. Guardiolas phone call was a huge part of me deciding to go there. It reached me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally hitherto but he already shaped me feel very safe about his activity there.