Exploring what is hidden behind the exultation, between the lines of a moment of individual but even more collective celebration, often allows us to get to know the protagonist of a gesture better, allows us to grasp his spirit more effectively than what happens by watching him play. In short, a player who, after scoring, launches a liberating cry and starts running is not the same as one who reacts by staging a ballet uncovered on TikTok; seeing a provocateur who silences the opposing fans (or even his own) does not give rise to the same reactions as a heart addressed to his girlfriend or a dedication to his grandmother.
Then there are gestures and celebrations that, over the years, they open the doors to urban legends, to more or less fictional explanations, without an effective contact with reality and with the biography of a player, of one who rejoices in a given way. These are circumstances in which the rumors end up replacing the reality of the facts, then revealed, becoming more true than the truth itself. Also because the conditions are all there, bringing up a story of personal (as well as sporting) revenge of sure grip, undoubtedly destined to remain etched in the listener.
So let’s talk about Gabriel Jesus, striker born in 1997 who arrived just nineteen at Manchester City in 2016, for 32 million euros, thanks to the excellent performances provided and the many goals scored with the shirt of palm trees. Then, alongside the numbers and qualities confirmed also in the Premier League, there is that particular exultation: after the goal, in fact, Gabriel Jesus he puts his right hand to his ear as if to stage a phone call. Not an episodic exultation, linked to a given period of his life, but a gesture repeated to the bitter end and which over the years has become a real trademark.
At this point the features of the story reach a crossroads, a well-defined bifurcation: on the one hand we have a broken heart that seeks revenge, on the other hand a story of gratitude and bond between mother and child. The first version sees a Gabriel Jesus who was burned by an ex-girlfriend, whom he particularly cared about, so much so that he pestered her with calls and attempts to reconnect with the times of Palmeiras. Moves and efforts in vain, however, without a response from the other side. Following the same explanation of the famous celebration we arrive at the turning point: the arrival at the City, a growing engagement and the ex-girlfriend who, this time, makes herself felt, trying to reconnect with that boy who became a football star too. in Europe.
A version of the story that, undoubtedly, manages to be effective since it follows the evolution of a little boy who, among a thousand difficulties to emerge in the Brazilian context, starting without any privileges and without particular thrusts, obtains a personal redemption and reaches his dream , even in the face of those who did not believe it, of those who had disappeared from the radar. An exultation that, at that point, would result a sort of ironic and provocative answer precisely towards those who, in the less brilliant moments, had left him aside, returning only after the success. The version of the ex-girlfriend ready to return only with the millions of the City has been around for a long time, imprinting itself in the minds of many as a reliable and plausible explanation for that so iconic gesture.
For those who are satisfied with the truth, leaving aside vendettas and skirmishes between exes, there is the version offered directly by the player, distancing himself from the (bogus) explanation previously provided. No revenge, no path taken in the face of those who did not believe in it, but in some ways the opposite scenario: gratitude and devotion to those who have always been there, for better or for worse.
The gesture of Gabriel Jesus is linked, there is no longer a need for the conditional since it is a version provided by the attacker, al relationship with his mother Vera Lucia and the “ritual” of the phone call after each goal scored. As long as he was little, Gabriel Jesus had the habit of “disappearing” and his mother called him to find out where he was, even contacting friends in case the son did not answer. A constant, that of maternal phone calls, became a symbol in the boy’s eyes: in essence it represented the constant presence of the mother even in the most difficult moments, even when it seemed too late to break into great football and to get out of the myriad of talents stories disillusioned, with ambitions curbed in the bud.
The mother, therefore, as a point of reference: a son raised on his own and a bond that went well beyond childhood, a relationship even perceived as “cumbersome” on the outside but certainly fundamental in Gabriel’s life. This is further testified by his tattoo depicting his mother, another sign of closeness together with that “virtual” phone call after each goal: a gesture of understanding which, basically, is a thank you to those who have always believed in us.
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