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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 September 2018

Dani Alves: Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus can emulate Brazil great Ronaldo

Paris Saint-Germain full-back was talking ahead of Brazil's international friendly against England at Wembley on Tuesday.

Gabriel Jesus takes part in a training session with Brazil ahead of the international friendly against England. Carl Recine / Reuters
Gabriel Jesus takes part in a training session with Brazil ahead of the international friendly against England. Carl Recine / Reuters

Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus has the technical ability and mental toughness to emulate former World Cup winning striker Ronaldo, Dani Alves has said ahead of Tuesday's friendly against England.

Jesus has enjoyed a terrific start to his club career in England with Manchester City and the 20-year-old has also formed a potent combination with Neymar that helped Brazil book their spot at next year's World Cup in Russia.

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"I wasn't joking when I called him the new Ronaldo," Alves told British media of similarities to the three-times Fifa World Player of the Year.

"He's already great and will get better. For all that he's done, all that he's achieved, there's no pressure. He's doing what he loves."

Brazil head into the game at Wembley on the back of a 3-1 win over Japan in a friendly on Friday.

England, meanwhile, take on Brazil following a goalless draw against world champions Germany.

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