Funny money: Premier League ace still receives weekly pocket money

14 March 2017

Manchester City footballer Gabriel Jesus may be earning tens of thousands of pounds every week, but he is still given regular pocket money by his mother.

The 19-year-old Brazilian international moved from Sao Paulo to Manchester in January following a multi-million pound transfer deal with his former club Palmeiras.

To help him settle in England, the young striker brought his mother Vera and one of his two brothers with him, according to a report in The Times.

But despite their new surroundings it appears old habits die hard, as Vera reportedly still gives her son pocket money to spend every week. She apparently also cooks for her son and manages his financial affairs.

It raises the question of how long you should pay your children pocket money for? A study by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) last year suggested that only 50% of parents give regular pocket money to their child – although its survey only took into account kids under 12.

Almost two-thirds (65%) of parents say they hand over cash when their children help out around the home in return.

Jesus scored three times in his first four Premier League appearances for Manchester City but then picked up an injury, which is likely to rule him out for the rest of the season. More time to spend doing chores around the house, perhaps…


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