Gabriel Jesus: From Brazil street painter to World Cup star striker

Jesus posted the photos onto his twitter and instagrams accounts in May of last year. (Reuters)

Gabriel Jesus made his World Cup debut at the young age of 21 for his home country of Brazil on Sunday against Switzerland.

The game ended in a tie with goals from Philipe Coutinho scoring a sublime curling effort form outside the box for the Seleção, and Steven Zuber heading home from a corner for the Suisse.

But the player that grabbed the most attention was young Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus, who was the main striker in Brazil’s starting 11

Photos of Jesus painting the streets of his home town in preparation for the 2014 World Cup, which Brazil hosted, are going viral.

Jesus posted the photos onto his twitter and instagrams accounts in May of last year but only recently has it started to get attention.

The striker was playing for Brazilian club Palmeiras in the Sao Paulo U-17 championchips when the photo was taken.

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

In the photo you can see him barefoot on the streets with a paint brush in his hands as he paints the sidewalks and ramps in blue and yellow, the colors of the Brazilian team’s jersey.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52
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