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Alphonso Davies’ Fairytale Rise to Stardom

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Mar 10, 21

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Alphonso Davies is no ordinary footballer, and his career trajectory has been far from a straight line thus far. Against the odds, the Canadian emerged from obscurity - Buduburam refugee camp in Ghana - to become a record signing from the MLS when he joined Bayern Munich in 2018. His humility, natural athleticism, and work ethic have seen him climb leaps and bounds with each game he plays, and have now landed him in the stratosphere of the world’s elite young players.

2005 - Born in Buduburam, a Ghanaian refugee camp, to Liberian parents fleeing civil war, Davies arrived in Canada at the age of 5. He remained a Liberian citizen until 2017, when he received Canadian citizenship.

2015 - Joined the Whitecaps FC Residency at the age of 14.

2016 - Became the first player born in the 2000s to play in an MLS match after making his debut at 16 for Vancouver Whitecaps, and the second youngest player to play in MLS, behind Freddy Adu.

2017 - At age 16, he became the youngest player to appear for the Canadian men's national team at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. When he scored two goals against French Guiana, he also became the youngest player to score for the Canadian national team and the first player born in the 2000s to score at a top level international tournament.

That year, he also was named among the 60 best young soccer talents in the world, and began to attract interest by European clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool.

July 25, 2018 - Vancouver announced a multi-million-dollar transfer for Davies to Bundesliga club Bayern Munich. The base fee for the transfer was $13.5 million, with performance-related bonuses that total $22 million, a then-record for MLS.
Alphonso Davies is no ordinary footballer, and his career trajectory has been far from a straight line thus far. Against the odds, the Canadian emerged from obscurity - Buduburam refugee camp in Ghana - to become a record signing from the MLS when he joined Bayern Munich in 2018. His humility, natural athleticism, and work ethic have seen him climb leaps and bounds with each game he plays, and have now landed him in the stratosphere of the world’s elite young players.

2005 - Born in Buduburam, a Ghanaian refugee camp, to Liberian parents fleeing civil war, Davies arrived in Canada at the age of 5. He remained a Liberian citizen until 2017, when he received Canadian citizenship.

2015 - Joined the Whitecaps FC Residency at the age of 14.

2016 - Became the first player born in the 2000s to play in an MLS match after making his debut at 16 for Vancouver Whitecaps, and the second youngest player to play in MLS, behind Freddy Adu.

2017 - At age 16, he became the youngest player to appear for the Canadian men's national team at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. When he scored two goals against French Guiana, he also became the youngest player to score for the Canadian national team and the first player born in the 2000s to score at a top level international tournament.

That year, he also was named among the 60 best young soccer talents in the world, and began to attract interest by European clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool.

July 25, 2018 - Vancouver announced a multi-million-dollar transfer for Davies to Bundesliga club Bayern Munich. The base fee for the transfer was $13.5 million, with performance-related bonuses that total $22 million, a then-record for MLS.
SOURCE (L) https://fcbayern.com/en/news/2019/11/alphonso-davies-from-buduburam-to-bayern SOURCE (R) https://fcbayern.com/us/photos/2018/11/gallery-alphonso-davies-first-days-in-munich#module-overlay=data-overlay-bd915c5b-0e16-4ca8-a095-17b977ac9577/1
SOURCE (L) https://fcbayern.com/en/news/2019/11/alphonso-davies-from-buduburam-to-bayern SOURCE (R) https://fcbayern.com/us/photos/2018/11/gallery-alphonso-davies-first-days-in-munich#module-overlay=data-overlay-bd915c5b-0e16-4ca8-a095-17b977ac9577/1


January 12, 2019 - Made his Bayern debut against Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Telekom Cup.

January 27, 2019 - Made his Bundesliga debut against VfB Stuttgart, appearing as a late substitute in a 3–1 victory.

March 17, 2019 - Scores his first goal for Bayern, netting the final goal in a 6–0 rout of Mainz 05. In doing so, he became the youngest player since Roque Santa Cruz, twenty years prior, to score for the club.

February 25, 2020 - Set up Robert Lewandowski's goal in a 3–0 away win over Chelsea in the first leg of the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League. His performance during the match was widely praised in the media, with pundit Gary Lineker commenting that Davies played "beautifully," while former U.S. international Stuart Holden described him as a "world class left back."

April, 2020 - Bayern Munich and Davies agreed to a contract extension to 2025, adding two years onto his existing contract.

June 16, 2020 - Broke the record for the fastest speed clocked in the Bundesliga at 36.51 kilometres per hour (22.69 mph). Check out the moment he found out in his post-match interview here.

August 14, 2020 - Impressively assisted Joshua Kimmich's goal against Barcelona in a historic Champions League quarter-finals which Bayern Munich won 8–2.

August 23, 2020 - Started in the Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain, which Bayern won 1–0 to complete a continental treble.


January 12, 2019 - Made his Bayern debut against Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Telekom Cup.

January 27, 2019 - Made his Bundesliga debut against VfB Stuttgart, appearing as a late substitute in a 3–1 victory.

March 17, 2019 - Scores his first goal for Bayern, netting the final goal in a 6–0 rout of Mainz 05. In doing so, he became the youngest player since Roque Santa Cruz, twenty years prior, to score for the club.

February 25, 2020 - Set up Robert Lewandowski's goal in a 3–0 away win over Chelsea in the first leg of the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League. His performance during the match was widely praised in the media, with pundit Gary Lineker commenting that Davies played "beautifully," while former U.S. international Stuart Holden described him as a "world class left back."

April, 2020 - Bayern Munich and Davies agreed to a contract extension to 2025, adding two years onto his existing contract.

June 16, 2020 - Broke the record for the fastest speed clocked in the Bundesliga at 36.51 kilometres per hour (22.69 mph). Check out the moment he found out in his post-match interview here.

August 14, 2020 - Impressively assisted Joshua Kimmich's goal against Barcelona in a historic Champions League quarter-finals which Bayern Munich won 8–2.

August 23, 2020 - Started in the Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain, which Bayern won 1–0 to complete a continental treble.
FC Bayern and Alphonso Davies agree to extend the player's contract until 2025.
SOURCE: https://fcbayern.com/en/photos/2020/04/gallery-alphonso-davies-extends-contract-till-2025
FC Bayern and Alphonso Davies agree to extend the player's contract until 2025.
SOURCE: https://fcbayern.com/en/photos/2020/04/gallery-alphonso-davies-extends-contract-till-2025

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