Alphonso Davies is a left-sided attacker blessed with plenty of pace and dribbling talent, which he’s shown off with Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps since making his MLS debut in July 2016 at the age of 15 and eight months.
Davies, who joined Bayern on Wednesday, but will stay in Canada until the January transfer window, is what is known in the MLS as a “home-grown” player, as he left home in Edmonton, Alberta to join the Whitecaps Residency program at the age of 14.
Since then he has been the youngest in a series of categories: Youngest player to sign a contract with team in the second-tier United Soccer League (USL); youngest player in USL history to score a goal (15 years, six months): youngest player to play for Canada’s men’s national team (16), when he made his debut in a friendly against Curacao.
Davies then went on to play in the 2017 Gold Cup, where he scored twice in Canada’s 4-2 victory over French Guiana, making him (what else) the youngest goal scorer in the tournament’s history. His three goals in the Gold Cup made him the tournament’s top scorer, he was named as the Young Player of the Tournament and also made the Best XI.
Born in a refugee camp