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Why is Man City star Gabriel Jesus afraid of heading the ball?

The Brazil striker has admitted he has had a longstanding fear since he was a child.

World class strikers are expected to have the capacity to score all kinds of goals – with heading a crucial facet.

That is unless you’re Gabriel Jesus, apparently.

Gabriel Jesus has given Man City a boost with an update on social media

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Hello, I’d like to order a large dose of Brazilian fun please

The Manchester City and Brazil striker has made a strange admission this week about a longstanding fear of using his head.

Apparently the anxiety dates back to his childhood on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, where Jesus learnt and nurtured much of his ability before his big-money move to Europe in January.

Speaking to Brazilian television channel Esp_Interativ, he said: “I have a little trauma. I hit my head when I was a kid. Probably that is why I’m little afraid of that.”

That doesn’t look comfortable

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That doesn’t look comfortable

The Samba star lit up the Premier League in his first six months, bumping Sergio Aguero to the bench after a number eye-catching displays.

Despite his self-confessed fear, he also used his head a number of times to great advantage – particularly in the lead up to a last minute winner against Swansea back in February.

City do their best work and the majority of their damage with the ball on the floor, with the likes of Jesus, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling running onto usually pinpoint through balls from David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.

But if there’s a weakness in the Brazil sensation’s game defenders now know what it is, which could be exploited.

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An intimate moment

Luckily for him, long-ball football isn’t something that appears in Pep Guardiola’s vocabulary.

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