Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Alves Believes Jesus Can Reach Same Level as Ronaldo

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Alves Believes Jesus Can Reach Same Level as Ronaldo

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GABRIEL Jesus is already attracting comparisons to his idol Ronaldo among his Brazilian teammates.

The City striker is one of many to look up to the player he calls The Phenomenon, but Dani Alves think Jesus can reach similar levels to the great striker.

"I wasn't joking when I called him the new Ronaldo. They have a similar drive," said Alves before Brazil's game with England. He's already great and will get even better.

"For all that he's done, all that he's achieved, there's no pressure. He's doing what he loves."

Jesus has impressed since moving to City, with 14 goals in 20 games for the Blues.

After winning Olympic gold in 2016, he has also become a central figure in a Brazil team that has been revitalised under the leadership of Tite.

Pep Guardiola spoke wistfully last season about only having Jesus for half a season after City allowed him to stay at Palmeiras to win the league championship with them before moving to the Premier League. …

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