Jorge Fernando Pinheiro de Jesus is a Portuguese professional football manager and a former football player born on 24 July 1954. He was born at Amadora, Lisbon to Virgolino Antonio de Jesus.
Jorge Jesus began his professional football career as a football player at Sporting CP in the 1940s. He was loaned from Sporting CP to S.C Olhanense where he made his top-flight.
Jorge Jesus retired as a professional footballer in 1990 at the age of 36 years after he played in the following teams; C.F. Os Belenenses, Grupo Desportivo Riopelle, Juventude de Evora, Uniao de Leiria, Vitoria de Setubal, and S.C Farense with a total appearance of 166 games and 14 goals in his entire career as a footballer.
Jorge Jesus began his managerial career in 1993. His first career was as a manager with lowly Amora FC, which he later moved in December 1993 to F.C. Felgueiras as a replacement for Rodolfo Reis. He helped the club to the top flight in his second season.
In July 2009, Jorge Jesus went to S.L Benfica where he led Benfica to the first division title after waiting for five years with two league defeats and 78 goals scored. He also led Benfica to reach the quarter-finals and then losing to Liverpool on a 3-5 aggregate score home and away. Jorge achieved his 100th victory in the Portuguese League on October 5, 2009, in a 3-1 home win against F.C. Pacos de Ferreira. Jorge was awarded a new contract extension running until 2013.
Jorge Jesus renewed his contract for a further two seasons on June 4, 2013. On the 20th of April 2014, He led Benfica to its 33rd title and became the second Portuguese coach to win two national championships for the club after former coach Toni. Jorge Jesus served at Benfica and won so many titles for them before leaving for Sporting CP on June 5, 2015.
At Sporting CP, Jorge Jesus signed a three–year contract and started his function on 1 July with €5 million per year as his annual salary. Jorge’s first match was with Benfica in the 2015 supertaca which he won 1-0. Even though he started very good he wasn’t able to qualify for the UEFA Champions League and did not win any trophy. Jorge Jesus’ debut at Sporting was trophyless.
He then went to Al-Hilal on 5 June 2018 which was his first career outside Portugal. He led Al-hilal to win the Saudi Super Cup with a 2-1 victory over Al-Ittihad in London. On 26 January 2019, Jorge Jesus was sacked by the chairman of the club following disagreements with contract negotiations.
Jorge Jesus then proceeds to Flamengo in Brazil on 1 June 2019 to serve there as a coach for a year. Jorge’s debut at Flamengo was very tough for him as players and supporters claimed he was too old to handle their team. In his first game on 10 July, the team played a 1-1 at Athletico Paraneaense in the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Copa do Brasil. Jorge impressed and cleared the doubt of many by beating Maracana with 6 goals to 1.
On 17 July 2020, Jorge Jesus left Flamengo after helping them to win five trophies, winning 43 games of the 57 games in charge of Rubro-Negro. He then returned to his former club, Benfica on August 3, 2020, signing a two-year contract with the club.
Jorge Jesus has been married twice in his lifetime. However, information about his first wife is not known but had a son, Mauro. He got married to his second wife, Ivone, and had a daughter Tânia and a son Gonçalo.
Jorge Jesus’s tactics consist of fast-paced, high mobility, and attractive attacking football. His adopted 4-4-2 set-up always switches to a 3-4-3 during his build-up phase. Midfielders drop back in between the center-backs to allow the experience and aggressive full-backs to push forward into midfield.
Jorge Jesus net worth and salary
Jorge Jesus is a successful coach and one of the richest coaches in the world. His monthly annual salary alone is $5.5 million with an estimated Net Worth of $18 million.