Alphonso Davies, the teenage export from Canada’s Vancouver Whitecaps FC to Bayern Munich yesterday won the UEFA Champions League at first trial.
Davies was born in a refugee camp in Ghana to Liberian parents in November 2, 2000. They fled during the Second Liberian Civil War, which displaced more than 450,000 Liberians. When Alphonso was five, his family moved to Canada, eventually relocating to Edmonton. On June 6, 2017, he received Canadian citizenship, up until then he was a Liberian national. He was the first player born in the 2000s to play in a Major League Soccer match. In June 2017, he became the youngest player to appear for the Canadian men’s national team. By scoring two goals in a 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup match against French Guiana, he became the youngest player to score for the Canadian men’s national team, the youngest to score at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and first player born in the 2000s to score at a top level international tournament. Yesterday, Davies became the first Canadian to win the UEFA Champions League trophy.
He had these to say while he was interviewed by BT Sport after the final match where Bayern Munich defeated PSG 1-0 in a game he played full time: “It feels really good. It’s everything you dream of as a kid to come to Europe and win the Champions League with a great club like Bayern. “That just goes to show the team I have around me.” “My story is one I want to inspire people of,” Davies adds. “It shows that you can do anything you set your mind to. I am happy to be here with the Champions League medal around my neck and the trophy on the side. “We know legends won this title before so as a young kid coming in you want to keep that going. Every young player at this club is hungry to win titles because they see their idols doing it.”