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BRAZIL forward Gabriel Jesus has the technical ability and mental toughness to emulate former World Cup winning striker Ronaldo, said Dani Alves.

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 in next year's World Cup finals in Russia.

"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."

In 12 games for Brazil, Jesus has already claimed seven goals and four assists. Despite his age, the former Palmeiras striker is fast becoming a crucial cog in a Brazilian machine that is finally running smoothly, under manager Tite, after years of spluttering disappointment.

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