Very few Manchester City fans had probably heard of Gabriel Jesus when it was announced, back in August 2016, that their club had splashed out £27 million for the Palmeiras forward.
The teenager hadn’t yet made his international debut for Brazil but boasted a fairly impressive goalscoring record in South American football.
Jesus was loaned back to Palmeiras until January 2017, when he finally arrived at the Etihad Stadium and showed everyone in England what he’s all about.
He made a huge impact during his first half-season with City, scoring seven goals in 11 appearances, and has been outstanding this term too.
Jesus made his 10th appearance of the season against Stoke City on Saturday and netted his sixth and seventh goals of the campaign in the process.
Murphy mentions Jesus in same sentence as Messi
Kevin De Bruyne dominated the headlines after the match after a truly outstanding individual display - check out the Belgian’s individual highlights HERE - but Match of the Day ran a little feature looking at the performance of Jesus.
Danny Murphy, the former Liverpool and England midfielder, waxed lyrical about the Brazilian starlet and even shocked viewers at one point.
“He’s appropriately named, Gary,” Murphy started. He’s a wonderful talent.
“He’s flown back in from Brazil after scoring two goals and he’s just sensational. He loves scoring goals, is continually in the right place at the right time, his touch is good, his balance is good, he’s brave on the ball, he’s quick, his left foot’s decent, demands the ball off people.
“I’d go as far as to say he’s probably the best young player I’ve seen since [Lionel] Messi.”
Woah. Huge praise.
Lineker, sounding rather surprised by Murphy’s comment, mentioned Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe in response.
Murphy: He can break all of Aguero's records
Murphy then added: “I think at 20 years of age, he’s absolutely sensational. Thirteen goals in 15 starts, which is incredible, he’s already got seven in 11 for Brazil. He’s keeping some unbelievable players out of that national team.
“I was talking earlier in the week about who might get the Golden Boot this season. People were saying [Sergio] Aguero, [Romelu] Lukaku or [Harry] Kane but I said ‘well, you’ve got to put this lad in’.
“[Pep Guardiola] trusts him. Even when Aguero has been fit, [Jesus] has played with him.
“His tight control is good, his awareness is good, he always seems to make the right decisions.
“He just loves scoring goals. Every time the ball goes wide, he gets in there, which is what you want from a No. 9 - even though he’s their No. 33!
“He’s a fantastic footballer and [City] are lucky to have him.
“If he stays at City, he could go on and beat every record Aguero got.”
Video: Murphy hails Jesus on MOTD
You can watch Murphy's analysis on Jesus here...
Twitter can't believe Murphy mentioned Messi
It’s hard to argue with too many about what Murphy says, although many MOTD viewers took to Twitter to express their disbelief that the South American forward had just been mentioned in the same breath as arguably the greatest footballer of all time.
Check out the reaction here…
Is Gabriel Jesus really the best young player since Lionel Messi - or is Danny Murphy getting a bit too excited? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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