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 helps 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 governors in January, has the potential to become one of the best forwards in the world but what does him stand out even more is his desire to likewise help out defensively.
It is not a attribute he shares with too many forwards but then they may not get a rollocking from their baby if they do not help out at the back. Gabriel Jesus does. Yes, its true-life that my mother has a go at me when I dont track back, he adds in his first interview with non-Brazilian media since signing for City. We are very, very close and she requires a lot from me, which is great. She only praises me if I have done something are worth adoration. I am really happy to have a mum like that, who really cautions. She always tells me the truth and her candour facilitates me a lot.
Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and hugely positive presence in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no surprise considering his upbringing. The actors papa were killed when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother heightened 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 musician grows up faster than other beings, he speaks. 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 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 ice soak, he explains.
It has been a hectic 18 months for the man from Jardim Peri, a humble region on the suburbs of So Paulo( it is a comunidade , a kind of favela , exclusively a little bit more peaceful ). In March 2015 he made his debut for Palmeiras after scoring 37 aims in 22 games in the Paulista Under-1 7 competitor and at the end of the season he was identified best available newcomer of the Brasileiro .
And that was just the beginning. This summertime he won Olympic gold with Braziland then cleared his debut for the elderly squad, tallying two destinations 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 devotee: When I ascertain Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a phenomenal passage ahead, Ronaldo told TV Globo recently.
It is not that long ago Gabriel Jesus was playing for the amateur squad Pequeninos do Meio Ambiente on the tars of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike many prodigious endowments 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 intellect and on his skin. On his forearm there is a tattoo presenting a son 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 sidekick 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 eras[ a special type of Brazilian street football ], I tried to take in all the instructions of all the tutors I had. I am the same today. After all, it is most important to recruit the tar 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 automobile. A dark-skinned boy cannot drive a neat auto in the vicinity 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 stayed in Jardim Peri until last year. He could have left for So Paulo as early as 2010 but the golf-club did not give him adaptation, 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 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 merely, he replies. 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 just love football. Some beings joke that I am too into it but football exactly sums up my life.
His discipline is surprising for the purposes of the a young age, and “its probably” one of the things that has impressed Pep Guardiola, the manager who was hopeless to create him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a red-hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off race 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 existence of Guardiola as a administrator at City and the facts of the case that it is a great association were very important factors in my final judgment. Guardiolas phone call was a huge part of me deciding to go there. It induced me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally hitherto but he already constituted me feel very safe about his campaign there.