Anthony Hay for MailOnline
The former coach of Gabriel Jesus has tipped the Manchester City new boy to win the Ballon d’Or within the next three years.
Jesus will travel to Manchester on Monday to kick-start his £27million move to City with the 19-year-old being tipped to become the world’s best player.
Jose Francisco Mamede, who coached Jesus at junior club Pequeninos do Meio Ambiente de Sao Paulo, said of the City new boy: ‘Gabriel came from a very poor neighbourhood and that’s why he’s not afraid.
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‘He will adapt to the food, to the cold in Manchester and everything else.
‘In three years he’ll win the Ballon d’Or, because [Lionel] Messi will already be getting a bit old.’
Jesus, who has been capped six times by his country, has always been destined to reach the top according to his former youth team boss.
He added: ‘From the very first training session, we saw he was different.
‘He never lacked anything. He’d be the first to do the exercises.
‘He was always determined to be a professional.’
Jesus – who is understood to be bringing two friends and his mother with him to England – will wear the No 33 shirt at the Etihad Stadium.
He is expected to attend a huge party in Sao Paulo on Sunday afternoon where around 500 guests are ready to wish the 19-year-old well in the Premier League.
Jesus’ former coach Jose Francisco Mamede believes he is heading for a Ballon d’Or trophy
Jesus pictured wearing the No 9 shirt by Brazil and will put pressure on City’s Sergio Aguero