The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forward tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that persuaded 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 rulers in January, provides an opportunity to become one of best available forwards in the world but what constitutes him stand out even more is his desire to too help out defensively.
It is not a peculiarity 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 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 challenges 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 sincerity 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 participates father were killed when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother parent 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 actor grows up faster than other beings, he remarks. I grew up very rapidly because of the difficulties and responsibilities that I have always had.
Gabriel Jesus is a very mature 19 -year-old. We satisfy 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 shower, he explains.
It has been a tumultuous 18 months for “the mens” from Jardim Peri, a humble vicinity on the suburbs 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 aims in 22 activities in the Paulista Under-1 7 contender and at the end of the season he was named best available newcomer of the Brasileiro .
And that was just the beginning. This summer he won Olympic gold with Braziland then became his debut for the elderly squad, scoring two goals 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 love: When I consider Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a superb pilgrimage ahead, 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 staggering endowments these days, he did not join a top side Palmeiras until the age of 15 so his job was very much shaped by street football.
His childhood neighbourhood is always on his intellect and on his scalp. On his forearm there is a tattoo indicating a boy 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 sidekick Neymar has.
I have always enjoyed 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 epoches[ 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 most important to enter the pitching knowing what I have to do to help the team.
He no longer lives in Jardim Peri but goes back to visit acquaintances. When doing so in December he was stopped by the police while driving his expensive auto. A dark-skinned son cannot drive a nice car 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 guild did not volunteer him adaptation, means that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from teach, 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 only, he supposes. Since I was six years old Ive only really thought about football. I used to watch it on Tv, gambling video games and so on. I simply affection football. Some beings joke that I am too into it but football exactly sums up my life.
His discipline is surprising for such a young age, and “its probably” one of the things that has impressed Pep Guardiola, the manager who was hopeless to wreak 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 a phone call from their new manager.
It was a involved decision, but in the end my desire to learn prevailed, Gabriel Jesus says. The presence of Guardiola as a director at City and the facts of the case that it is a great fraternity were very important factors in my final judgment. Guardiolas phone call was a huge part of me deciding to go there. It became me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally hitherto but he already represented me feel very safe about his campaign there.