Gabriel Jesus has said that he is learning all he can from Manchester City team-mate Sergio Aguero in his bid to become Brazil’s best striker.
In the absence of the injured Neymar, Jesus is among those expected to fill the void left by the Paris St Germain star.
The 22-year-old failed to find the mark in Friday’s 1-0 friendly defeat to arch-rivals Argentina in Saudi Arabia, with Lionel Messi scoring the only goal from the penalty spot, but will be looking to make amends on Tuesday when Brazil take on South Korea at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
With 18 goals in 38 appearances for his country, Jesus knows he has a long way to go to challenge Neymar’s feat of 61 goals in 101 matches to date, but with the help of Aguero, he is aiming high.
“Of course, for me, the dream is to follow what he [Neymar] has achieved,” Jesus said on the Sport 360 website.
“To do that, getting 100 caps, scoring the most goals… But I know I have to work hard in every game, every training session for City, for Brazil, and I know I have to score goals.
“I am also learning at City to do this, working with Sergio. He’s a top, top player, the record scorer for the club and I can only learn from him. He scores almost every game.
“I am only 22 and I know I need to improve more, but that’s what I want to do.”
Despite his age, Jesus is mature enough to recognise the responsibility of scoring goals in Neymar’s absence cannot rest solely on his shoulders.
“Without Neymar for Brazil, you have to look at everyone to step up, not just me,” he added. “And Brazil have a lot of big players, not just Neymar.
“He is number one for Brazil, of course, but we have a lot of big players in the world and we can play well, even if he is not with us.”
Jesus is expected to feature for City this weekend when they play Chelsea in a crunch Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.