On Tuesday the Manchester City-bound striker joined Philippe Coutinho on 5 goals for the year, despite only having made his international debut in September
On Tuesday Gabriel Jesus struck his fifth goal in six senior international appearances to secure a 2-0 victory over Peru – and end 2016 as the Brazil's top scorer, despite only having made his debut in September.
The Palmeiras forward, who will join Manchester City in January, coolly notched Brazil’s second in Lima to draw him level with Philippe Coutinho on 5 goals for the year.
And the 19-year-old, who has ended Brazil’s long search for a centre-forward, spoke of his pride at resuming the five-time world champions’ great tradition of the no.9.
“There have been a lot of quality players to wear the no.9 for Brazil and I am so proud to have the opportunity to wear this sacred shirt,” said the teenager, who the great Ronaldo has said reminds him of his younger self.
“Honestly, I did not know it would go this well. I just know that if I keep on working hard then I will have opportunities. The key is concentrate on my work on the field and forget everything else.”
Tite’s decision to install the forward as his central striker was met with surprise when the Palmeiras man followed up Olympic gold with a sensational international debut against Ecuador, scoring twice in a 3-0 win in Quito.
He also found the net in wins against Bolivia and Venzuela as he went on to start all six of Tite’s games in charge of the Selecao.
“What does this guy have!? His turn of pace, his ten-metre [sprints],” said Tite last month.
“The only thing I put to him: don’t let up on the pressing and defending, don’t commit fouls, and don’t be shy of getting on the ball and running at your man.”
Gabriel Jesus has done exactly that, and to devastating effect. He’s already making history at international level and, with Brazil’s 2016 calendar having drawn to a close, the youngster will now turn his attentions to one last great achievement before packing his bags for England.
He remains in joint-third in the Brazilian first division’s goalscoring charts, despite having missed a considerable portion of the season due to his international commitments.
And with Palmeiras side sitting four points clear at the top of the table with just four matches remaining, more history awaits this precocious and prestigious new face of Brazil’s future.