REVEALED: The Reasoning Behind Manchester City New boy Gabriel Jesus’ Shirt Number
Posted by Jordan Clarke | Published on February 2, 2017
New signings can often adopt significant shirt numbers in a bid to relieve pressure as they venture into the season with their new clubs. It’s a common occurrence that shirt numbers that have significance can affect player performances, such as Memphis Depay, who bizarrely chose to don the number 7 as he joined Manchester United from PSV Eindhoven.
Many have been wondering why Manchester City’s teenage wonder kid, Gabriel Jesus, chose to carry his number 33 from Palmeiras and the reason seems to have been revealed.
The Brazilian has hit the ground running at since his arrival at the Etihad, and at 19-years-old, the teenager has already left Sergio Agüero on the bench as he shone in front of a disheartened London Stadium. The forward was left distraught after scoring on his debut after thinking he had clinched the winner against Tottenham, only for the linesman to raise his flag.
Jesus, who has already left football fans in glee with the religious puns and references they are able to use, seems to have chosen his number 33 due to his religious, beliefs.
According to Henry Winter, the former Palmeiras man wears the number 33 because it was Jesus’ (the original Jesus) age when he died on the cross.
Gabriel Jesus very religious. Chose 33 at #mcfc because of the religious significance of the number (Jesus’ age when he died on the cross).
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) February 1, 2017
Upon arriving at City, Jesus told the official Manchester City website:
“I told the club, I asked if the number 33 was available and they said yes, so I chose it. It’s the number I’ve been wearing since I turned professional, it’s a number I ended up with and I really liked, and I intend to wear it for many years.”