Inspiring photos depict Gabriel Jesus’ humble beginnings before money and fame have emerged.
The photos were originally shared by Jesus himself ahead of his move to Manchester City in January 2017 from Palmeiras.
According to The Sun, the transfer saw the Brazilian striker go from a young boy decorating the streets of his neighbourhood in green and yellow to signing a lucrative £4million-a-year deal with one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
8 years ago, a 17-year-old Gabriel Jesus was painting sidewalks on the streets of Brazil in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
His rise has been against all the odds.
Arsenal have signed a top talent and character who will fight in every game like his life depends on it. pic.twitter.com/nvDX5JVyRq
— Sash ~ (@ltarsenal) June 25, 2022
The publication claims there is a chance the photos may have been taken when he was plying his trade with Palmeiras.
While at Palmeiras, the Brazil international reportedly pocketed a paltry £3,500 a year, with his earnings jumping to £75,000-a-week when he moved to the Etihad Stadium.
From painting in the streets of Brazil to having your face painted in the streets of Brazil 🎨🇧🇷
A mural of Gabriel Jesus exists right in his hometown Sao Paulo. 🇧🇷❤️ pic.twitter.com/KS4vqwuG2T
— NovaFutball HD (@novafutballhd) June 28, 2022
“I thought it would be harder, It hasn’t been easy, for sure, I changed my life completely, but I’ll never complain about it,” he told ESPN at the time.
“I’m grateful for being here, realising a dream, playing in Europe, when I left Palmeiras, it was sad, but happy as well,” he added.
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