Phenom Alphonso Davies Is The Future Of Canadian Soccer
A Whirlwind From Ghana To Canada
Alphonso Davies never forgets his roots, despite the promise of a long, prosperous career in soccer. “Just looking back at what my family did for me, and where I came from, from nothing in Ghana… keeping myself motivated is a little bit easier than usual,” he said in a recent interview.
His parents conceived and raised him in the Buduburam refugee camp in Ghana, after the family fled the Second Liberian Civil War. At the age of five, Alphonso and his family moved to Windsor, before settling in Edmonton a year later. When his prodigious soccer talents revealed themselves, the family transplanted to Vancouver. At the age of 15, Davies earned a spot on the Whitecaps.
In June 2017, just before the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Davies received status as a Canadian citizen. Shortly afterwards, he became the youngest person to play for the national soccer team. His whirlwind journey from a refugee camp to star Canadian soccer prodigy was just getting started.
Stunning International Debut Continues His Record-Breaking Play
Before the Gold Cup started, Davies said that “being able to play on the men’s national team, me stepping on the field would be a really great honour.” At this point, he already started a handful of games for the Vancouver Whitecaps, and appeared in more than twenty games. Despite establishing himself as a trusted midfielder for the Whitecaps, he probably didn’t envision his international men’s debut proceeding as well as it did.
He scored twice in his first competitive international cap, leading Canada to a 4-2 win over French Guiana. Alphonso also scored in his next game, netting Canada’s sole strike in a 1-1 draw against Costa Rica. Jamaica would end Canada’s run at the quarterfinals, but Davies already made his mark. He was awarded the Golden Boot, a spot on the Best XI alongside Michael Bradley, and the Young Player Award as the most prominent youngster in the tourney.
At the age of 16, Alphonso has already become the youngest Canadian to play and score during international play. He’s also the youngest to earn a Golden Boot in international men’s competition. Professionally, he earned status as the second youngest player to start an MLS game.
He’s also the youngest club player to score in the CONCACAF Champions League, United Soccer League, and Canadian Championship. It appears that Alphonso is well on his way to becoming the finest soccer player Canada has ever produced.
Sky’s The Limit For Alphonso Davies
Despite the considerable attention that Alphonso Davies attracts from the international soccer community, reports suggest that major European clubs have yet to come calling for the Canadian star. Davies spectacular debut with the Canadian team, and his steady play with the Whitecaps, certainly raised his profile. At this point, it’s tough to believe that Alphonso will stay in North America for more than a couple of years. After all, he’s already been scouted by Manchester United, Juventus, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.
The sky’s the limit for Davies because he’s already mature beyond his years. His rapid progression in the MLS, and his incredible success in his first international tourney, hasn’t inflated his ego to preposterous levels. Instead, he stays focused on becoming the best possible player and wants to play in the most competitive leagues in the world. Unlike Freddy Adu, a 14-year-old prodigy who didn’t live up to the hype, Davies has already delivered on the biggest stage in North America.
Canada may end up hosting a FIFA World Cup game or two in 2026. There’s a chance that Alphonso ends up scoring Canada’s first World up goal on Canadian soil, which would be the perfect addition to Davies’ amazing journey from Ghana to Canada.
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