Brazilian speedster Gabriel Jesus only had one person on his mind after the full-time whistle on Wednesday night, his mum.
The 21-year-old striker from Sao Paulo moved to the Etihad Stadium in January 2017 for what now looks to be a bargain at £28.8million after scoring 29 goals in 68 games.
His most recent match in sky blue came under the watchful gaze of his mother, as Manchester City smashed Shakhtar Donetsk 6-1 in the Champions League to all but secure their path into the Round of 16, needing just a point to progress.
Goals on the night from midfielders David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez came either side of each of Jesus’ strikes that earned the Palmeiras product his first City hat-trick.
The performance put on by the Brazilian was by far his best of the season, and after the game he admitted the support from his mum helped see him through a rough time in his short career.
— Gabriel Jesus (@gabrieljesus33) November 8, 2018
The Daily Star reported Jesus as saying: “It was a really special and unforgettable night, not just for scoring my first ever hat-trick but also to dedicate it to my mum.
“She’s always supportive and was here at the stadium. I’m really happy and emotional for being able to dedicate three goals to her.
“It has been difficult since my first injury. It wasn’t a simple one, it was hard to have surgery.”