Alphonso Davies, is, from now on and regardless of the final result, the most pleasant revelation of the 2019/2020 Champions League.
The left-back of Bayern Munich has in this young player, only 19 years old, an exceptional footballer, who perfectly understands the moments of the match, knows when to leave and when to retreat, is very strong in defensive and offensive aerial play and He surprises with his tremendous speed and a particular ability to handle his imposing 1.82m height. More than that: he passed with honors the personality test that was to leave Chelsea, Barcelona and Lyon on the road, it is as if he had the same court as his successful teammates.
He himself does not give credit to what he is living: « For me, it is a dream come true. To play the Champions League and reach the final. It is all you can ask for, » he confessed after his team’s victory against Lyon, that will face the stars of PSG.
Davies’s story is a modern take on a fairy tale: He was born in a refugee camp in Buduburam, Ghana, until his family was able to emigrate to Canada and settle in Edmonton, Alberta. He was 5 years old.
His history in soccer would start in Vancouver Whitecaps at the age of 14. In a blink of an eye he was already the youngest player to debut in the United Soccer League, the first born since 2000 to reach MLS (15 years, eight months and 15 days) and the phenomenon that with 65 games, 8 goals and 12 assists drew attention, from Canada, not exactly a football powerhouse, from the prestigious Bayern Munich of Germany.
At the age of 19, he has 37 games with the first team, he is already Bundesliga and German Cup champion and is four days away from playing his first Champions League final, against the millionaire PSG. If he achieves the triplet on Sunday, the fairy tale will have been consummated.
Disagreements with Barcelona
Note that Davies’ story has a detail: before he could be a FC Barcelona player! The story goes that Hristo Stoichkov, a legend of the club and based in Miami, saw it from the beginning and called the Catalan club urgently to recommend his signing. According to the journalist Gemma Soler, from ESPN, her origin « did not close » them, it did not sound very convincing that she had been raised in Canada.
And it was a great regret for the boy, whose great idol in soccer is … guess who: Lionel Messi. Life would put him, for better and for worse, on the opposite side to the Argentine: he was one of the figures in the scandal triumph 8-2, in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
And then, other misunderstandings. The Canadian boy said that after that game he tried to exchange shirts with Lionel Messi but clearly failed. But Barcelona was humiliated and Messi, 34, just wanted to get off the pitch.
« I asked for it (Messi’s shirt), Davies revealed to the press this Wednesday. » But I think he was a little upset. Maybe the next time. »
Such is their admiration that, at home, they knew that I would try to look for Messi: “My mom called me yesterday and then my dad got on the phone and said: ‘I see you’re playing against your favorite player’ … And I I said yes’. And then we both started laughing on the phone, « he said.