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Bringing Samba magic to Etihad.

Byline: IBRAHIM MUSTAPHA

GABRIEL Jesus has been something of a revelation since joining City.

Arriving from Palmeiras in January 2017 for PS27m, the striker has scored an impressive 63 times in 139 games for Pep Guardiola's side, a feat all the more remarkable given that he's more often than not been back up to Sergio Aguero.

The Brazilian has just celebrated his 23rd birthday, meaning he has years on his side and should he remain at the club, and could earn himself a status comparable to that of his Argentine team-mate over time.

Jesus adds to a growing list of Brazilians to play for City in the Premier League - so here are other Samba stars who turned out for the club down the years, with mixed results.

| ELANO - 2007-2009 Joining from Shakhtar Donetsk for PS8m, the attacking midfielder spent two years at the Etihad, becoming a popular figure among fans scoring 18 times in 80 appearances.

Perhaps best remembered for a sensational free-kick scored against Newcastle.

| GEOVANNI - 2007-2008 The former Barcelona prospect failed to settle at City, featuring sporadically during his sole season for Sven-Goran Eriksson's team.

He will remain forever a part of club folklore after his sensational long-range strike to beat United the derby at the Etihad in 2007.

| GLAUBER BERTI - 2008-2009 Despite playing just six minutes of football for City, Glauber became something of a cult hero in his time at the club. Berti was named as substitute 20 times over the course of his one season and finally made his debut in the 84th minute of the final game of the campaign to a standing ovation from the fans. | JO - 2008-2011 The luckless striker joined for a then-record PS19m in 2008 but with the Abu Dhabi takeover coming just a month later, it was clear the club now had their eye on more highprofile stars.

| ROBINHO - 2008-2010 The first big purchase of the new era was the PS32m purchase of Real Madrid's flamboyant winger. Robinho made his mark immediately with a brilliant debut free-kick against a Chelsea side he was otherwise set to join before City swooped.

| SYLVINHO - 2009-2010 The former Arsenal man was signed at the tail-end of his career as a back-up for Wayne Bridge.

He made just 15 appearances in all competitions, but the left-back did score an unforgettable long-range screamer away at Scunthorpe in the FA Cup.

| FERNANDO - 2014-2017 Arriving from Porto for PS12m in 2014, the midfielder struggled to nail down a place in his three years at the Etihad and was unfortunate to score an own goal which ultimately decided the tie against Real Madrid in City's first-ever Champions League semi-final.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:IBRAHIM MUSTAPHA
Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Date:Apr 7, 2020
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