The veteran Portuguese, who enjoyed success with Benfica before taking charge at Lisbon rivals Sporting, was nearing the end of the 12-month deal he signed last year.

He made history by leading Flamengo to five major titles - the Copa Libertadores, the Brasileiro, the Brazilian Super Cup, the Recopa Sul-Americana and the Guanabara Cup.

Jesus’ achievements, particularly in winning the Copa Libertadores, has made him a huge favourite among supporters and since arriving in Brazil, Jesus has presided over 51 games, with 38 wins, nine draws and just four losses; scoring 118 goals and conceding 45. CW