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Gabriel Jesus

Gabriel Jesus, 110% Hustle 0% Luck.

For Generations, Brazil has produced some of the greatest footballers with the likes of Pele, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho all leaving their stamp on world football. Despite not being financially sound, the Brazilians always seem to make up for the lack of facilities and infrastructure with their talent. 

With the World Cup just days away we have to talk about one of the greatest stories in modern day football. In 2014, a 16-year-old Gabriel Jesus was playing for Palmeiras in Sao Paulo’s under-17 championship and painting the streets of Sao Paulo in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. brought up in the favelas(slum) of Sao Paulo, a locality that was engulfed in crime and poverty, Jesus found his escape in Football. One of Jesus’s first coaches, Jose’ Francisco Mamede, recalls how Jesus stood apart and more importantly was a Hard worker “Gabriel used to say that he never missed training, never missed a game. He was always first in line for exercises and drills – he wasn’t one of those who loitered at the back pretending to do the drill, like so many are … I’ve had at least 10 young players here who were as good, if not better than him, but they didn’t make it because they were lazy. Something that Gabriel never was.”

 

Even back in 2014, Jesus was one of the best teenage strikers in the country, scoring 37 goals in 22 games in Sao Paulo’s under-17 championship. Jesus Quickly broke into the Palmeiras first team and finished his first and only full Season with the Sao Paulo outfit with 12 goals and helped them lift their first National Championship in 1994. Jesus was included in the Brazilian squad for the Olympics, which was to be held in Rio, Jesus scored 3 goals in the competition as Brazil won Gold, but more importantly set the foundation of his partnership and friendship with Brazilian star Neymar. 

Brazilian Legend Zico has showered his praise on Jesus and has no doubt that the layer has traits to be one of the best in the world in an interview with ESPN FC “If he continues to grow, he has everything to achieve that. He demonstrates every day that he’s a great professional, with fantastic quality.

“Gabriel is a player who pursues hard work with competence. He has everything to become one of the greatest in Brazilian football history.” 

Now as the young Striker is on his way to Russia and the whole of Sao Paulo and Brazil will be hoping Jesus can come out all guns blazing and take Brazil to World Cup glory.

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