Gabriel Jesus

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Gabriel Jesus
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Jesus with Brazil in 2018
Personal information
Full name Gabriel Fernando de Jesus[1]
Date of birth (1997-04-03) 3 April 1997 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth São Paulo, Brazil
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[3]
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Manchester City
Number 9
Youth career
2010–2012 Anhanguera
2013–2015 Palmeiras
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2017 Palmeiras 67 (21)
2017– Manchester City 124 (49)
National team
2015 Brazil U20 6 (1)
2015– Brazil U23 11 (5)
2016– Brazil 41 (18)
Men's football
Representing  Brazil
Olympic Games
Winner 2016
Copa América
Winner 2019
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Runner-up 2015
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:59, 3 April 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:23, 17 November 2020 (UTC)

Gabriel Fernando de Jesus (born 3 April 1997), known as Gabriel Jesus (Brazilian Portuguese: [ɡabɾiˈɛw ʒeˈzus]), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Manchester City and the Brazil national team.

Jesus began his career at Palmeiras. He was voted the best newcomer of the 2015 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, a year in which he also helped his team win the Copa do Brasil. The following year he was named the player of the season as Palmeiras won their first national league title in 22 years. He joined Manchester City in January 2017 for a transfer fee of €32 million,[4] and won the Premier League in 2018 and 2019, the EFL Cup in 2018 and 2020, and the FA Cup in 2019.

After winning 21 caps and scoring seven goals at youth level, including reaching the final of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup and winning an Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics,[5] Jesus made his senior debut for Brazil in September 2016, and was part of the squad that took part at the 2018 FIFA World Cup,[6] later also winning the 2019 Copa América.[7]

Early life[edit]

Born in São Paulo, Jesus grew up in the neighborhood of Jardim Peri. After initially playing street football, he joined amateur clubs in the region, his last one being Associação Atlética Anhanguera.[8][9]

Club career[edit]


On 1 July 2013, Jesus signed a youth contract with Palmeiras.[8] He was also the club's top goalscorer during the year, scoring 54 goals in 48 matches.

In January 2014, after lengthy negotiations, Jesus signed a three-year contract for Palmeiras with an additional two, with his salary to increase from R$15,000 to four times as much in the fifth year; the fee to buy him out from his contract increased tenfold to R$30 million.[10] However, the deal changed the balance of his economic rights from 75 to 25% in favour of Palmeiras, to 70–30% in favour of his agents.[11]

Jesus scored 37 goals in 22 games for Palmeiras in the 2014 edition of the state under-17 championship, leading to offers from clubs throughout the country and abroad.[8] He was first included in Palmeiras' squad for a senior match on 27 August 2014, remaining an unused substitute as they lost 0–1 at home to Clube Atlético Mineiro in the first leg of the last 16 of the year's Copa do Brasil. He did not make any senior appearances during the campaign, as his side was seriously threatened with relegation;[12] this decision, took by managers Ricardo Gareca and Dorival Júnior, was widely criticized by the supporters, who demanded a change for the youngster through a petition.[13]

Jesus warming up for Palmeiras in 2015

Jesus made his senior debut on 7 March 2015 in the season's Campeonato Paulista, replacing Leandro Pereira in the 73rd minute of a 1–0 win over CA Bragantino at Allianz Parque.[14] He totalled eight appearances, all off the bench, as the Verdão lost on a penalty shootout in the final against Santos.

Jesus made his first career start on 29 April in the second leg of the second round of the year's cup, a 1–1 draw at Sampaio Corrêa Futebol Clube (6–2 aggregate). On 9 May, he made his first appearance in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, starting in a 2–2 home draw against Atlético Mineiro on the first day of the season.[15]

Jesus' first professional goal came in the next round of the cup, away to Agremiação Sportiva Arapiraquense on 15 July, the only goal of the two-legged tie.[16] On 26 August, his two first-half strikes at the Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto gave Palmeiras a 3–2 win over Cruzeiro Esporte Clube (5–3 aggregate), putting them into the quarter-finals.[17] Four days later he got his first league goals, starting and finishing a 3–2 win over Joinville Esporte Clube; the first goal came after 52 seconds.[18]

Jesus finished the campaign with four goals from 20 games, and his team defeated Santos to win the cup; he was also a starter in both legs of the finals, but being substituted before half-time due to a shoulder injury. He was elected Best Newcomer in the league.[19]

On 4 February 2016, Jesus scored his first Paulista goal, opening a 2–2 home draw with Esporte Clube São Bento in the second game of the season.[20] Twelve days later, he scored his first goal in continental football, a 2–2 draw away to Uruguay's River Plate in the opening game of the group stage of the year's Copa Libertadores, after coming on at the interval in place of fellow youngster Erik Lima.[21] Away to Rosario Central on 6 April, he scored twice in a 3–3 draw but was sent off for the first time in his career for fighting with Damián Musto; he later apologised for his misconduct.[22]

In the opening game of the national season at home to Clube Atlético Paranaense on 14 May, Jesus scored twice in the second half of a 4–0 win.[23] He scored 12 goals as the team won their first national championship since 1994, and was named Bola de Ouro for player of the season.[24]

Manchester City[edit]

Gabriel Jesus in action against Shakhtar Donetsk in September 2017

On 3 August 2016, it was announced that Jesus would sign for Premier League club Manchester City in January 2017 on a contract until the summer of 2021.[25] City paid a reported fee of £27 million/€33 million, plus add-ons.[26] The transfer was fully completed on 19 January 2017.

Jesus made his first Premier League appearance on 21 January, coming on as an 82nd-minute substitute for Raheem Sterling in a 2–2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at the City of Manchester Stadium.[27] A week later, Jesus made his first appearance in Manchester City's starting XI, assisting a goal for Sterling in a 3–0 FA Cup win over Crystal Palace.[28] On 1 February he made his first Premier League start in place of Sergio Agüero, and assisted Kevin De Bruyne in the 17th minute and then scored his first goal for the club in the 39th. With this, he became the first Manchester City player to have a goal and an assist in their first Premier League start, as well as only the third City player to be involved in two or more goals in their first Premier League start.[29] In his fourth game (third league start) Jesus broke a metatarsal in his right foot and was expected to be out for the remainder of the 2016–17 Premier League season.[30] However, he returned in April for the Manchester Derby, coming on as a substitute in a goalless draw.[31] Jesus ended the 2016–17 season with 7 goals and 4 assists in 11 games.[32]

He scored his first Premier League goal of the 2017–18 season on 26 August, an equaliser in a 2–1 away win over AFC Bournemouth,[33] and added two more in a 5–0 win against Liverpool on 9 September.[34] He had a 14-game goal drought between 18 November 2017 and 7 March 2018 that encompassed a knee medial ligament injury on New Year's Eve, and after breaking his duck in the Champions League loss to FC Basel he admitted that fear of getting injured was affecting his game.[35] Jesus scored the last Premier League goal in the 2017–18 season against Southampton in the 94th minute, to secure City a league record 100 points.[36] On 3 August 2018, Jesus signed a contract extension with Manchester City, to take him up until 2023.[37] On 9 January 2019, Gabriel Jesus scored 4 goals for the first time in his career against Burton Albion in a 9–0 victory.[38]

On 13 March 2019, Jesus scored once after coming on for Sergio Agüero in the 7–0 (10–2 aggregate) UEFA Champions League Round of 16 win over Schalke 04 and in doing so helped the club equal the record for the largest winning margin in the knockout-phase of the competition.[39]

On 22 June 2019, Jesus switched his jersey number from the number '33' shirt to the number '9' shirt.[40]

On 7 August 2020, Jesus assisted and scored both goals respectively in a 2–1 win in the second leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League against Real Madrid, played at the Etihad Stadium behind closed doors following the Coronavirus outbreak. Both goals were scored after Jesus's pressing forced two errors from Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, sealing Manchester City's spot in the quarter finals.[41] He was the only player to score in two separate games against Real Madrid in the 2019–2020 football season, having also scored in the first leg in Madrid.[42] This meant he reached 14 goals in only 22 Champions League games, a record bettered by only three non-European players.[43]

International career[edit]

Jesus on his debut with senior national team

Jesus was part of the Brazil under-20 team that finished as runners-up at the 2015 U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. He scored their first goal of the tournament in a 4–2 win over Nigeria in New Plymouth,[44] and converted as they advanced past Uruguay and Portugal on penalties.

In 2016, he was chosen in Dunga's provisional 40-man squad for the Copa América Centenario in the United States, and was considered as a replacement for the injured Douglas Costa in the final selection but missed out through the lack of a U.S. visa.[45] Later that year, he was one of five forwards named in the squad for the team's hosting of the Olympic tournament.[46] He scored once against Danish keeper Jeppe Højbjerg in their final group game against Denmark, an eventual 4–0 win, and in the semi-final against Honduras he added two more in a 6–0 victory.[47] Jesus won the Olympics with his team against Germany in a penalty shootout, scoring one of the penalties.[48]

Jesus made his debut for the senior team on 1 September 2016, in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification game against Ecuador in Quito. He started the match and scored twice, as Brazil won 3–0.[49][50] Jesus was Brazil's highest scorer in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers, with 7 goals in 10 matches.[51] In May 2018, he was named in Tite's final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[52] Jesus started all five games for Brazil at the tournament without scoring a goal.[53]

In May 2019, Jesus was included in Brazil's 23-man squad for the 2019 Copa América on home soil.[54] In the final against Peru on 7 July, at the Maracanã Stadium, he assisted the opening goal scored by Everton Soares, and later scored the match-winning goal late in the first half; however, he was sent off in the second half after collecting a second yellow card during the final following a collision with Carlos Zambrano. Brazil won the match 3–1 to win the title.[55] In August 2019, Jesus was handed a 2-month international ban from CONMEBOL, due to his behavior after being red carded in the 2019 Copa América Final.[56]

Style of play[edit]

A talented and versatile forward, Jesus is capable of playing in several attacking positions: he has been deployed as a centre forward, as an out-and-out striker, as a false 9, as an inside forward, as a winger or as an attacking midfielder, and is renowned for his pace, technical skills, dribbling ability, creativity, finishing, movement, and work ethic. Former Brazilian striker Ronaldo has praised Jesus and touted him for future success with the Brazilian national team.[57][58]

In October 2019, Jesus said he was open to switching to a winger role at Manchester City in the hope of getting more playing time, though he acknowledged that there was still intense competition in the team for a starting spot out on the wing.[59]

Video game and goal celebration[edit]

Appearing in EA Sports' FIFA video game series, Jesus's goal celebration – ‘Alô-mãe’ ("Hello, mother" in English), where he makes a telephone gesture – features in FIFA 19.[60]

Personal life[edit]

Gabriel Jesus came to England with his mother and older brother, along with two friends.[61] He comes from a religious family and reportedly chose to wear the number 33 in tribute to the age at which Jesus Christ is believed to have been crucified.[62] He and Neymar got matching tattoos in August 2016 depicting a boy overlooking a favela.[63][64]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 6 April 2021.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League State League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Palmeiras 2015[65] Série A 20 4 8[c] 0 9 3 37 7
2016[65] Série A 27 12 12[c] 5 2 0 5[d] 4 46 21
Total 47 16 20 5 11 3 5 4 83 28
Manchester City 2016–17[66] Premier League 10 7 1 0 0 0 11 7
2017–18[67] Premier League 29 13 0 0 4 0 9[e] 4 42 17
2018–19[68] Premier League 29 7 6 5 5 5 6[e] 4 1[f] 0 47 21
2019–20[69] Premier League 34 14 4 2 6 1 8[e] 6 1[f] 0 53 23
2020–21[70] Premier League 22 8 4 2 1 1 5[e] 2 32 13
Total 124 49 15 9 16 7 28 16 2 0 185 81
Career total 171 65 20 5 26 12 16 7 33 20 2 0 268 109
  1. ^ Includes Copa do Brasil and FA Cup
  2. ^ Includes EFL Cup
  3. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Campeonato Paulista
  4. ^ Appearance(s) in Copa Libertadores
  5. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
  6. ^ a b Appearance in FA Community Shield


As of match played 17 November 2020[65][71]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Brazil 2016 6 5
2017 7 3
2018 12 3
2019 14 7
2020 2 0
Total 41 18
As of match played 17 November 2020. Scores and results list Brazil's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Jesus goal.[65][71]
List of international goals scored by Gabriel Jesus
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 1 September 2016 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador 1  Ecuador 2–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 3–0
3 6 October 2016 Arena das Dunas, Natal, Brazil 3  Bolivia 4–0 5–0
4 11 October 2016 Estadio Metropolitano de Mérida, Mérida, Venezuela 4  Venezuela 1–0 2–0
5 15 November 2016 Estadio Nacional de Lima, Lima, Peru 6  Peru 1–0 2–0
6 10 October 2017 Allianz Parque, São Paulo, Brazil 11  Chile 2–0 3–0
7 3–0
8 10 November 2017 Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France 12  Japan 3–0 3–1 Friendly
9 27 March 2018 Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany 15  Germany 1–0 1–0
10 10 June 2018 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria 17  Austria 1–0 3–0
11 12 October 2018 King Saud University Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 23  Saudi Arabia 1–0 2–0
12 26 March 2019 Sinobo Stadium, Prague, Czech Republic 27  Czech Republic 2–1 3–1
13 3–1
14 5 June 2019 Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília, Brazil 28  Qatar 2–0 2–0
15 9 June 2019 Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre, Brazil 29  Honduras 1–0 7–0
16 4–0
17 2 July 2019 Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil 34  Argentina 1–0 2–0 2019 Copa América
18 7 July 2019 Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 35  Peru 2–1 3–1 2019 Copa América Final



Manchester City

Jesus celebrating with his Olympic gold medal in 2016

Brazil U23




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