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Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies: from refugee camp to Germany’s biggest club

In 2018 German club Bayern Munich signed teenage Alphonso Davies from MLS club White Vancouver for a reported fee of 10 million Euros plus future add-ons, which was the highest fee paid for any teenager in the league.

The Liberian second civil war rendered him and his family homeless has his parent Victoria and Debeah Davies left there home, he was born in a refugee camp in Buduburam in east Accra, Ghana. He moved to Canada with his parent after they passed an interview for resettlement and found their new home in Edmonton, Canada, where he developed his love for football at the community Free Footie scheme that helped kids and was scouted by Whitecapsduring one of the matches.

The player had only been playing non-league/community football before 2016 when he joined Whitecaps Vancouver during the preseason tour, he became the youngest player to sign a USL contract at age 15 years and three months and featured for the B-team playing 11 times and scoring two goals before he signed his first professional contract in 2016, making him the youngest active player to sign an MLS contract and the 3rd youngest behind former US international Fred Adu, after which he moved to the senior team making over 80 appearances with 12 goals and 14 assists.

At the age of 16, he acquired Canadian citizenship and was part of the national team squad that beat the U.S 2-0 the first time in 34 years, Davies scored the first goal in the 63rd minutes while Lucas Cavallini wrapped up the scoreline. he has 17 caps so far for the Canadian national team with five goals.

His impressive stats attracted scouts from all over Europe and was named among 60 best young talent in the world in 2017. He was named White Vancouver Player of the Year in October while he also won the Goal of the Year award before he signed for Bayern Munich for a league record fee.

Davies hit the ground running in the Bundesliga as he continued from where he stopped in the MLS. He made his debut in the league against Stuttgart in January when he came on as a late substitute in a 3-1 win and scored his first league goal in March in a 6-0 thrashing of Mainz, while he also became the club’s youngest goalscorer at the age of eighteen years, four months, and fifteen days a record held before by Roque Santa Cruz and he is also the first Canadian to play for Bayern Munich.

In April, his initial contract was further extended to 2025, which added a further two years. In the match against Werder Bremen which he got sent off but broke a top speed record of 36.51 km/h, which was the fastest speed clocked in the league. His speed and tactical awareness is a natural gift as he runs the flank with ease. He was named the Bundesliga’s Rookie of the Year for the 2019-2020 season as his team won their eighth league title.

His speed was on display for all to see in the 2019/20 Champions league game against Chelsea and the 8-2 demolition of Spanish club Barcelona. if you still have doubts about his abilities just ask Barcelona’s fullback NELSON SEMEDO !!!

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