- Alphonso Davies won the Canadian Men’s Player of the Year award.
- Bayern Munich’s left-back won this honor for the second time in the last three years.
- Davies recovered from a torn ankle ligament earned this October.
Davies Confirms His Status as Canada’s Best
Nobody had any doubts when it came to voting about the best male soccer player from Canada. That is why Alphonso Davies won the player of the year award with a record number of votes, eclipsing Christine Sinclair’s 2012 result.
This is the second time in three years that the fantastic left-back wins this honor, and the way he performs, it seems that he won’t have a competition for many more seasons to come.
“His achievements have raised the flag in our sport higher than anyone else in our lifetime on the men’s side of the game, and he has helped put this country as a football country on the world map,” Canada’s national team head coach, John Herdman said about Davies after the announcement of the results.
Davies began his youth career in Edmonton Internationals in 2005, before moving to Edmonton Strikers. At the age of 15, he went to Whitecaps, with just one year later debuting for the MLS franchise Vancouver Whitecaps. In two seasons with the ‘Caps, Davies played 65 matches and was noticed by Bayern Munich’s scouts.
The German powerhouse immediately paid $13.5 million to the Whitecaps, allowing the transfer to increase up to $22 million depending on Davies’ performances. Keeping in mind that he won almost everything possible there, those bonuses were probably all paid to the Canadian franchise.
Only in the last season, the pacey player appeared 33 times on the pitch, establishing himself as not only the regular member of Bayern’s lineup but as one of the best in the world in his position.
Davies is Bayern’s Future
Earlier this year, Alphonso Davies signed a new contract with his current club, extending the stay at the Allianz Arena until 2025.
“I want to win as many titles as possible with this club. The mentality of always wanting to win everything is in FC Bayern’s DNA,” Davies said back then.
At the time, Bayern still didn’t win any trophies as the season stalled due to the COVID-19 troubles. Afterward, the Canadian international and Bayern lifted four different pieces of the silverware – Bundesliga title, DFB Pokal, UEFA Champions League title, and the UEFA Super Cup.
Davies was indispensable in all the quests, and one of head coach Hansi Flick’s most trusted players on the field.
On October 3, during the match against Eintracht Frankfurt, Davies picked up a nasty injury, tearing ankle ligaments. Fortunately, his recovery passed without any troubles, and it is expected to see the quickest player in the Bundesliga on the pitch very soon. He was able to endure a 75-minute practice session yesterday without any troubles.
Davies holds the record for developing a maximum speed during one Bundesliga match, 22.686 mph, surpassing the former Borussia Dortmund full-back Achraf Hakimi who reached 22.487 mph.