Gabriel Fernando de Jesus, popularly known as Gabriel Jesus, is a Brazilian footballer, born on 3rd April 1997 in Sao Paulo.
The right-footed footballer plays as the central-forward for the Brazil National Football Team and Manchester City. He occasionally plays in the right and left wings.
At the age of 8, Jesus kick-started his amateur career at Clube Pequeninos do Meio Ambiente and later shifted to Associação Atlética Anhanguera.
The incipient talent celebrated his move to Palmeiras in 2013 scoring a record-breaking 54 goals in 48 matches, including 37 strikes in 22 matches in the 2014 Brazil’s U17 State Championships, Campeonato Paulista.
The future Selecao star was promoted to the senior team in January 2015 and came as a 73rd-minute substitution against CA Bragantino in March 2015.
Soon he paved his way through Brazil U-20 side in the 2015 U-20 World Cup and scored one goal in 6 matches. He was awarded ‘Best Newcomer’ for a phenomenal 2015 season.
Jesus was called up for Copa America Centenario but could not make it to United States due to document problems.
However, he was handed over a place in Brazil’s U-23 side for the 2016 Rio Olympic. He helped the Selecao to win first football gold in Olympics with 3 goals in 6 matches.
In his first international appearance, Jesus stole the show scoring a brace and acquiring a penalty for Neymar against Ecuador in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification in Quito in September 2016.
Rise to Glory
With the injection of Jesus, Brazil’s proper strikers-deficiency came to an enviable end. His tally of 7 goals in 10 matches and 5 assists in the 2018 FIFA World Cup CONMEBOL qualification hurried Brazil to the finals in Russia.
Although he could not score against arch-rival Argentina in the qualification round, Jesus had a brilliant game providing an assist to Neymar in November 2016.
Injury has been a curse for Jesus as he was ruled out for two months with a broken foot in February 2017 and again he was out for 6 weeks after suffering a medial collateral ligament injury against Crystal Palace on the last day of 2017.
After winning the 2015 Copa do Brasil trophy for Palmeiras, he anchored the club to win their first Brazilian League title since 1994 scoring 12 goals in 2016. He scored 28 goals in 85 matches for them.
The Brazilian joined the EPL side Manchester City at 27 million Euro In the 2017 January transfer window.