Gabriel Jesus was on fire against Watford. The Brazilian scored four inManchester City‘s 5-1 win, more in one game than he had scored so far this season.
Until Saturday he had only scored three goals in the Premier League. Now he has seven.
Pep Guardiolahis coach at City, had only words of praise for Gabriel Jesus whom he compared to a crack player of the past.
“The energy Gabriel has in his movements is similar to [Hristo] Stoichkov’s, “said Pep, who was delighted with his player’s recital.
“I have said before that if there is one person in the world of football who deserves nights like these, it is him. I am sure there is no one in the squad, the coaching staff, the assistants, all the people who know him. , who are not happy for him “.
“He doesn’t need to score four goals for me to know he has incredible ability.
“He will have a long and successful career.
“A lot of people … well, I think many people have already realized what he is capable of doing, without the ball, no matter what position, striker, winger.
“He’s such a young player. We are delighted with him.
“He’s so generous and when you always behave in a positive way and help, in the end life, football, gives you what you deserve.”
Recital and second hat-trick
Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring against Watford with a delightful finish from Oleksandr Zinchenko‘s fierce delivery, before grabbing his brace with a header from Kevin de Bruyne‘s right-wing pass.
Later in the second half, he made it 4-1 from the penalty spot for the third hat trick of his City career, following his hat tricks against Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2018/19 Champions League and Dynamo Zagreb in 2019/20, and added a fourth on the counter, firing home from De Bruyne’s pass.
This is the second time Gabriel Jesus has scored four for Manchester City, since his four-goal haul against Burton Albion in the League Cup semi-finals in 2018-19.
The striker’s display against Watford showed he is in top form just two days before facing Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals.
Fighting and overcoming
Behind the Manchester City striker is a story of self-improvement.
His childhood was not easy. Nor was his rise to football’s elite.
In 2014, at the World Cup in Brazil, the Brazilian star had yet to make his debut in the top flight and was painting the streets of Sao Paulo.
He was barefoot, as can be seen in the image he himself shared years ago on Twitter.
He was 17, his father had abandoned him and he had grown up with his mother Vera Lucia in Tremembe.
Now he wears boots worth hundreds of euros and is one of the stars of world football.
“My father left the family just after I was born, so my mother worked every day to support me and my siblings,” the player admitted to The Players Tribune.
Football next to prison
Gabriel Jesus also recalled his early days as a kid.
“It all starts with Clube Pequeninos. And it’s actually much more than a football club,” he explained.
“Don’t think about beaches and palm trees and all that. Our pitch was just outside a military prison.
“The pitch was just dirt, there was no grass and it was surrounded by all these big pine trees.
“The only people who played there besides the kids were the prison cops.”
Goals with a dedication
Gabriel Jesus‘goals, like the one he scored in the Premier League on Saturday, have a special dedication.
“Every time I score for Manchester City, my mother calls me,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter if she’s at home in Brazil or if she’s at the stadium watching me.
“She calls me every time. So I run to the corner flag, put my hand to my ear and say, ‘Hi mum!'”
The uncertain future
The future of Gabriel Jesus, on the other hand, is not assured at the Etihad Stadium.
In recent times, the player’s future has been linked with Arsenal.
“He’s our player. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but he’s a Manchester City player,” said his coach after the win over Watford.