Manchester City summer signing Gabriel Jesus has been named the Brazilian Player of the Year, according to reports.
The youngster is set to finally resume in Etihad next month following his £27 million move. The Brazilian sensation could not resume immediately as he had to end the season.
The player helped his club Palmeiras to heir first title in 22 years. Despite his numerous games for the country, the player contributed 12 goals to secure the title for his former club.
The 19-year old was on duty and was instrumental as the nation won their first gold medal at the Olympics. He was eventually drafted to the senior team where he has been a great addition.
“It’s a big thrill to be here but I owe it to my teammates. I didn’t dream of being here. It makes me very happy,” the player said.
Others that have won the same award – Bola de Ouro – include former Barcelona playmaker Ronaldinho and current Barcelona forward Neymar Jr.
Jesus recently visited Man City where he is set to be available for selection from January. The No. 9 was pictured with City manager Pep Guardiola, the director of football Txiki Begiristain, and compatriots Fernando and Fernandinho at a dinner. The player later revealed than Guardiola wanted him to watch his diet.
“He seemed a great person. Everyone knows his coaching quality, but the character is more important. Our first meeting was good. He’s a technician who like Brazilians.
“He gave me a plan. Since he first called me, our contact has been very good,” Jesus said.
“Guardiola gave me a hard time, saying I can’t drink coke. I don’t even like it,” he joked.
City started the campaign well but seem to have faltered along the way.