Alphonso Davies was born in a refugee camp and became a record MLS transfer, won a hat-trick with Bayern Munich, is a UN ambassador and now plays for Canada at the World Cup


Alphonso Davies may only be 22, but he’s already a leader on and off the football pitch.

The defender is already a star with Bayern Munich, widely regarded as one of the best full-backs at the World Cup.


Davies joined Bayern Munich in January 2019 from Vancouver Whitecaps

Davies has become the face of Team Canada as they book their place at a first World Cup in 36 years, and they might shock a few people at this tournament.

The 22-year-old had a difficult start to life as he was born to Liberian parents in a refugee camp in Ghana.

Her parents fled the country following the Second Liberian Civil War and eventually emigrated to Canada in 2005, with the family settling in Edmonton.

Davies’ talent for football was quickly spotted and he moved to Vancouver to join the Whitecaps FC residency program at the age of 14.

Just a year later, he signed a professional contract with the Vancouver Whitecaps and made his debut in July 2016. At the time, he was the second-youngest player to debut in MLS, behind only Freddy Adu.

Davies became a Canadian citizen in 2017 and the same day was added to the senior team camp. He made his debut at the age of 16.

Davies is the second youngest player in MLS history


Davies is the second youngest player in MLS history

His talent shone and he was scouted by Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United. Swansea even tried to sign him in 2017 for just £3m but he couldn’t get a work permit.

It was Bayern Munich who won the race. In July 2018, they announced he had signed him for £10million, plus add-ons, in what was at the time the record deal for an MLS player. A figure later eclipsed by Miguel Almiron.

The youngster has already won 12 titles with Bayern Munich, including the treble in the 2019/20 season.

He has become such an important asset to club and country and Canada boss John Herdman has given some insight into how unique Davies is.

Davies has played 34 times for Canada since his debut


Davies has played 34 times for Canada since his debut

He told “He brings a lightness to everything. With Alphonso there’s a seriousness to be gained. When you’re at a club like Bayern Munich it’s in your DNA so there’s a serious one.

“He just wants to play football and enjoy his time on the training ground, in and around the environment.

“He knows he’s here to help his country and he’s traveled time and time again to places like St. Kitts, Cayman Islands, Honduras, El Salvador, when some players don’t want to go to those places, he came in. I think he brings that love and seriousness to the camp at times.

Not only that, he is also impressive off the pitch as he is an ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Davies also donates all his World Cup winnings to charity.

Davies already has four Bundesliga titles with Bayern


Davies already has four Bundesliga titles with Bayern

“Canada welcomed me and my family and gave us the opportunity for a better life,” Davies said in a social media post.

“It allowed me to live my dreams. It’s a great honor to play for Canada and I want to give back, so I’ve decided to donate this year’s World Cup winnings to charity.

Davies was not his nation’s hero in the opener against Belgium, having his penalty saved by Thibaut Courtois in a 1-0 defeat.

But he has a chance to redeem himself against Croatia – live on talkSPORT.

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