27 May 2019

Liberian-Born Canada Star Makes Bayern Munich History

Photo: Chris from Brampton, Canada/Wikimedia Commons
Alphonso Davies playing for Canada in a match against Dominica on 16 October 2018.

Liberia born Canada international and Bayern Munich starlet Alphonso Davies who was born in a refugee camp in Ghana after his parents fled from Liberia during the civil war, wrote his name into the German giants' history book recently.

Alphonso Davies was born in Buduburam, a refugee camp in Ghana. His parents, who are both Liberian, fled their homeland during the second Liberia Civil War before moving, as refugees, to Canada when Alphonso was five.

There, Davies learned his footballing skills and quickly rose to stardom, making his professional debut for Whitecaps FC 2 aged 15 years and five months in April 2016.

Davies, burst into limelight in the Major League Soccer with Vancouver Whitecaps, where he had a Memorable Seasons, catching the eyes of top Europeans Clubs.

In September 2016, he became the second youngest goal scorer in the Major League Soccer history after netting for Vancouver Whitecaps, and he was later named the club's player of the season after a breathtaking debut campaign.

Davies' exploits in the MLS did not go unnoticed, with European giants such Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool reportedly interested in his services before Bayern snatched him up for a fee of $13.5 million (R195 million), plus performance-based add-ons.

The 18-year-old joined the German giants at the beginning of this year, and made his Bundesliga debut on 27 January, in a 4-1 win over VfB Stuttgart.

Having made his Bundesliga debut and four more league appearances off the bench under his belt, Alphonso Davies grabs his first Bundesliga goal for the Bavarians, in their 6-0 thrashing of Mainz.

In doing so, Davies became the club's youngest goal scorer in almost 20 years, as well as the first player born in 2000 or after to score for Bayern, according to Bundesliga.com website.

Davies' goal came at the age of 18 years and 15 days, making him the youngest to find the back of the net for the Bundesliga leaders since Roque Santa Cruz scored in a 3-0 win over Unterhaching, aged 18 years and 12 days, back in August 1999.

The young winger gained Canadian citizenship in June 2017, and has since represented Canada five times.

Meanwhile, Alphonso Davies was born in Buduburam, a refugee camp in Ghana to Liberian parents and had turn down several calls to represent Liberia, before dooming the Canada National team Shirt.

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