Alphonso Davies Named L’Equipe World Player
Edmonton native and star soccer fullback Alphonso Davies on Monday became one of 4 current Bayern Munich players to be named by prominent French sports daily L’Equipe as part of its world team of the year for 2020. The 20-year-old Canadian was named part of the all-star team alongside current teammates Manuel Neuer (goalkeeper), Robert Lewandowski (striker), and Joshua Kimmich (midfielder).
The L’Equipe all-star world team also features the names of former Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, Liverpool defenders Trent Alexander-Arnott and Virgil van Dijk, Man City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
The latest honour follows several more awarded for and throughout the 2019-20 season, including being named Bundesliga Rookie of the Year, and part of the FIFPRO Men’s World 11, making of Davies the first North American athlete ever voted onto the esteemed all-star squad by his fellow players and teammates.
Davies and Bayern Munich in 2020 won the Champions League, the DFB Cup, the Bundesliga title, and the UEFA Super Cup. The young Canadian achieved worldwide recognition for his pace and raw athleticism as he helped power Bayern to several notable victories.
The young player, who turned 20 on Nov. 2 last year, is officially the third-youngest player to earn a prestigious FIFPRO Men’s World 11 inclusion, behind only two others – French forward Kylian Mbappe and Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt.
Davies Making Canada Proud
That Davies is born and bred Canadian, said Canada coach John Herdman of the young player’s multiple world-class achievements throughout the past season, is something all Canadians can and should be proud of. To young players especially, said Herdman, what Davies has achieved, and continues to achieve, is a strong reminder that anything is possible for a Canadian athlete.
Davies less than two years after first being selected to suit up for the Vancouver Whitecaps entered the international stage to show off his incredible talents as an all-Canadian athlete. Davies also last year became the first soccer player ever to win the Conacher Award – thereby joining fellow Canadians and sports icons Donovan Bailey, Wayne Gretsky, Gordie Howe, Ferguson Jenkins, and Mario Lemieux.
The young Canadian superstar was also voted Canada’s Soccer Men’s Player of the Year, and is according to sports TV pundit and former international Stuart Holden, currently considered one of the top five players in the world.
Bayern Munich has in the meantime awarded the young Canadian with a contract extension running through June 2025.