The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forwards tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that persuasion him to connect Manchester City and that his mum is never pleased with him unless he helps out defensively too
No one wants to be told off by their father 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 commanders in January, given the opportunity to become one of the best forwards in the world but what constitutes him stand out even more is his desire to likewise help out defensively.
It is not a idiosyncrasy he shares with too many forwards but then they may not get a rollocking from their mother 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 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 praise. I am really happy to have a mum like that, that actually maintenances. She always tells me the truth and her honesty helps me a lot.
Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and tremendously positive attendance 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 brethren on her own. She was a cleaner back then and there was not a lot of coin 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 gratify 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 course of its interrogation. He starts by apologising for running late. I had to do the frost bathtub, he explains.
It has been a stormy 18 months for “the mens” from Jardim Peri, a humble region on the outskirts of So Paulo( it is a comunidade , a kind of favela , only a little bit more peaceful ). In March 2015 he made his debut for Palmeiras after tallying 37 objectives in 22 tournaments in the Paulista Under-1 7 tournament and at the end of the season he was referred the best beginner of the Brasileiro .
And that was just the beginning. This summer he won Olympic gold with Braziland then obliged his debut for the senior unit, tallying two objectives 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 identify Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a terrific pilgrimage onward, Ronaldo told TV Globo recently.
It is not that long ago Gabriel Jesus was playing for the amateur unit Pequeninos do Meio Ambiente on the pitchings of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike many prodigious abilities these days, he did not connect a top side Palmeiras until the age of 15 so his profession was very much determined by street football.
His childhood neighbourhood is always on his recollection and on his skin. On his forearm there is a tattoo proving a son with a ball in his hands 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 sidekick Neymar has.
I have always enjoyed working hard and thats why I try to give my best good tactically as well as moving forward. From an early age, in my vrzea eras[ 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 very important to enter the pitch 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 automobile. A dark-skinned boy cannot drive a neat auto in the locality 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 club did not offer him adaptation, meaning that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from training, 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 always 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-act video games and so on. I just adore football. Some people joke that I am too into it but football only summing-up up my life.
His discipline is surprising for the purposes of the a young age, and this is probably one of the points that has impressed Pep Guardiola, the manager who was frantic to introduce him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a red-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 telephone calls from their brand-new manager.
It was a involved decision, but in the end my desire to learn prevailed, Gabriel Jesus says. The proximity of Guardiola as a administrator at City and the fact 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 realise me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally hitherto but he already formed me feel very safe about his assignment there.