Exciting young striker who joined Man City at the start of 2017
Gabriel Jesus is regarded as one of the most precocious talents in South America.
The 19-year-old arrived from Brazil after a stellar 2016 that included Olympics success and domestic glory with Palmeiras.
After being born in April 1997, Jesus was raised in the favelas of Jardim Peri, in the north zone of the huge city of Sao Paulo.
He then joined the youth set-up at Brazilian giants Palmeiras in 2013. Jesus’ talent came to the attention of all in Brazil when he scored a jaw-dropping 54 goals in 48 games in his first year at the club before 37 goals in 22 U17 Campeonato Paulista games in the next season.
Following his debut for Palmeiras’ first team in March 2015, the teenage sensation scored 19 goals in 41 games playing at the top level of the Brazilian game whereas he currently has five goals in six matches for the Brazilian national team.
Gabriel’s Selecao beat the likes of Uruguay and Portugal on the way to the 2015 U20 final before a defeat to Serbia in the New Zealand tournament.
Following that, Jesus was promoted to the first team and was crucial to the nation’s Olympics Gold medal success on their home soil.
It’s unlikely that Gabriel Jesus will be fazed by his new glamorous surroundings in Manchester as the 19-year-old has already played alongside major names in some of the biggest matches in world football.
Jesus has lead the line for Brazil in matches such as the 3-0 thrashing of Argentina in November alongside the likes of Barcelona’s Neymar and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.
Palmeiras are not only one of the biggest clubs in the vast metropolis of Sao Paulo, they are the most successful team in the history of Brazil’s national championship with nine titles. However, before Jesus’ talent inspired the club to glory in this year’s Serie A, they had not lifted the title since 1994.
The new City striker’s blistering form during 2015 not only saw his Palmeiras side lift the Copa do Brasil trophy, he was also chosen as the winner of the prestigious ‘Best Newcomer’ award in Brazilian football.
Having been likened to many of the great Brazilian attacking talents of the last decade including Neymar and Robinho, Jesus has really gripped the imagination of the Brazilian public.
He joined City in January 2017 and made an impressive start before a metatarsal injury ruled him out for 10 weeks. A year later he injured his knee and was forced to miss the first two months of 2018, though returned to help fire the Blues to the title in the weeks that remained.
It was his last minute winner at Southampton that ensured City passed a century of Premier League points and he ended top scorer in the 2019 Carabao Cup with five goals, but injury robbed him of an appearance in the final.