Who is Gabriel Jesus?
Gabriel Fernando de Jesus, better known as Gabriel Jesus, is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays for Premier League club Manchester City and the Brazil national team. On September 1, 2016, he made his senior debut for Brazil in a World Cup qualifier. He was a member of the group that competed in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and he will also compete in Copa America in 2019 and 2021.
- He began playing football with the Anhanguera young squad in 2010 and continued until 2012.
- On July 1, 2013, he signed a youth contract with Palmeiras, where he was also the club’s best goalscorer that season, with 54 goals in 48 appearances.
- He then extended his contract with the club in January 2014, signing a three-year agreement.
- He went on to win the U17 tournament in 2014, scoring 37 goals in 22 games.
- On March 7, 2015, he made his senior squad debut for the club in a 1-0 win over CA Bragantino at Allianz Parque.
- On April 29, 2015, he made his first professional start against Sampaio Correa Futebol Clube.
- On May 9, 2015, he made his debut in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A against Atletico Mineiro. On 15 July 2015, he scored his first professional goal for the club against Agremiacao Sportiva Arapiraquense in the following round of the cup. On August 30, 2015, he scored his first league goals against Joinville Esporte Clube. During the 2014-15 season, he ended with four goals from 20 appearances as Palmeiras won the Copa do, Brasil. In addition, he was named the league’s Best Newcomer.
- In a 3-3 away draw against Rosario Central on April 6, 2016, he was sent off for the first time in his career after clashing with Damian Musto. He ended the 2015-16 season with 12 league goals in 27 games as Palmeiras won the Campeonato Brasileiro Sere A, the club’s first national championship since 1994. In addition, he was selected Bola de Ouro player of the season.
- He joined the Premier League team Manchester City on January 1, 2017, for a cost of €32 million. On 21 January 2017, he made his Premier League debut for the club in a 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at the City of Manchester Stadium. On 1 February 2017, he made his first Premier League start in place of Sergio Aguero, and assisted Kevin De Bruyne’s goal in the 17th minute before scoring his first goal for the club in the 39th minute in a 4-0 win over West Ham United, becoming the first Manchester City player to have a goal and an assist in their first Premier League start, and only the third City player to be involved in two or more goals in their first Premier League start. He made 11 appearances for the club in his first season, scoring 7 goals and giving 5 assists across all competitions.
- In a 2-1 away win over Bournemouth on August 26, 2017, he scored his first Premier League goal of the 2017-18 season. During the 2017-18 season, he made 42 appearances for Manchester City, scoring 17 goals and giving 5 assists across all competitions as the team won the Premier League and EFL Cup.
- On August 3, 2018, he signed a contract extension with Manchester City that would keep him at the club until 2023. Jesus scored four goals for the first time in his career in a 9-0 win over Burton Albion on January 9, 2019. On 13 March 2019, he scored once after replacing Sergio Aguero in the 7-0 (10-2 aggregate) UEFA Champions League Round of 16 triumphs over Schalke 04, helping the team tie the record for the greatest winning margin in the competition’s knockout round. During the 2018-19 season, he made 47 appearances for Manchester City, scoring 21 goals and giving 6 assists across all competitions as the team won the Premier League and FA Cup.
- On June 22, 2019, he moved from the number ’33’ shirt to the number ‘9’ shirt. During the 2019-20 season, he made 53 appearances for Manchester City, scoring 23 goals and giving 14 assists across all competitions as the team won the EFL Cup.
- During the 2020-21 season, he made 42 appearances for Manchester City, scoring 14 goals and giving four assists across all competitions as the team won the Premier League and EFL Cup.
- He scored four goals in a 5-1 home win over Watford on April 23, 2022, to earn his first Premier League hat-trick. During the 2021-22 season, he made 41 appearances for the club, scoring 13 goals and assisting on 12 others as Manchester City won the Premier League.
- He has represented Brazil for many ages.
- He has played for Brazil at the U20, U23, and senior levels.
- He was a member of Brazil’s U20 squad that placed second in the 2015 U20 World Cup in New Zealand.
- He was included in Dunga’s preliminary 40-man roster for the Copa America Centenario in 2016, however, he was unable to compete due to a lack of a U.S. visa.
- He was a member of Brazil’s U23 team, which earned an Olympic gold medal in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
- On September 1, 2016, he made his senior international team debut and scored his first international goal for Brazil, scoring twice in a 3-0 World Cup qualification win against Ecuador.
- He had the most goals in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers, scoring seven in ten games.
- He was a member of the side that competed in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as well as Copa America in 2019 and 2021, winning the event in 2019.
Some Interesting Facts at a Glance about Gabriel Jesus:
- Gabriel Jesus travelled to England with his mother, older brother, and two pals.
- He hails from a religious background and is said to have chosen the number 33 to represent the age at which Jesus Christ is said to have been crucified.
- In August 2016, he and Neymar received identical tattoos of a youngster looking out over a favela.
- Jesus’ goal celebration – ‘Alô-me’ (“Hello, mother” in English), in which he makes a telephone gesture – appears in EA Sports’ FIFA video game series and is included in FIFA 19.
- Jesus confirmed his child on September 25, 2021, after scoring the game-winning goal against Chelsea.