Manchester City star, Gabriel Jesus risks his rigorous mother’s wrath by going to the public for the first time with a girlfriend.
During the international break he was in Brazil and uploaded a snap of him with his fresh lover.
The pair posed with their tongues out for the camera and the player accompanied the snap with a heart-shaped emoji.
Gabriel had been linked to a Brazilian pop star who was said to be secretly dating the player. Ludmilla Oliveira da Silva is a singer, songwriter and one of Brazil’s top female artists.
Rumors made rounds that they had seen each other on – and-off since July last year. But in a May interview, the music star rejected any participation with Gabriel and said they were pals. And now the striker’s dark-haired beauty has gone public.
Gabriel traveled back to the UK on Sunday and mum Vera will no doubt be keen to know what he’s been up to. She stays with him in the north-west of England along with an elder brother for much of the year so he doesn’t get lonely.
And she has a “no snogging” rule on Wags who want to date the 22-year-old sensation.
Formidable Vera said in an interview in Brazil: “Girlfriends have to live by my rules, and there’ll be no heavy kissing. Staying over, only once in a while.
“I will never accept that my son disrespects the daughters of others. No son of mine is going to get someone else’s daughter pregnant. I demand respect because I raised all three of them on my own, with the help of God.”
Vera also controls what goes on his plate because the Brazil star suffers from stomach cramps which can affect his performance on the pitch if he eats the wrong grub.
Gabriel calls him his mum a ‘woman warrior’ after she brought him and his brothers and sister up on a tough favela in Sao Paulo while working as a cleaner.
His six-figure salary is controlled by his mum who rations his cash so he’s not tempted to fritter away his monster wages.
In an interview with Yahoo Brazil, Gabriel’s older brother Caique said that their mother controls the star’s salary. He also stated that nightclubs, boozing and smoking are also banned.”
Caique said: “But Gabriel was never that interested in partying. His thing is barbecues with his family.”
Self-confessed mummy’s boy Gabriel has a tattoo on his body which reads: “Every step I make, every road I take, every path I choose, your hand will guide me, Vera Lucia.”
The player explained: “The tattoo I had done, I didn’t tell her that I was going to do it, but when I got home, my mother was much calmer when she saw that her name was on it.
“She liked it more than I did, so she didn’t scold me too much.”
He eats daily shake of yoghurt, bananas and oats, made by Vera’s which she claims helps stave off her son’s intestinal cramps, which ‘run in the family’.