Copa win provides Jesus with a boost

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Gabriel Jesus says being a key member of the Brazil side that claimed the Copa America crown has helped him improve.

Gabriel Jesus says being a key member of the Brazil side that claimed the Copa America crown has helped him improve.

The Manchester City striker managed two goals in six appearances in the tournament as Brazil landed the first title since the Copa America in 2007.

Jesus scored in the semi-final win over Argentina and in the final against Peru before being sent off with 20 minutes remaining.

The 22-year-old came in for criticism earlier in the tournament but believes he proved his detractors wrong with his goals in the crucial stages of the tournament.

‘If I am criticised or praised, if they want me to evolve, I’ll go through with it,’ he told ESPN Brasil.

‘It can happen to anyone and, unfortunately, it happened to me.

But I kept my cool and evolved.

I always want to improve as a player and a person, and that is what happened.

‘Unfortunately, I didn’t score in the World Cup [in 2018] and in the middle of the Copa America people were talking.

As I said previously, critics sometimes are not objective at all.

I try to evolve from critics that allow me to do that.

There will always be this kind of stuff, just like the compliments.’

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