Canada international Alphonso Davies has revealed what made him such a success in his short time at Bayern Munich.
The 19-year-old capped off his breakthrough campaign at bavaria by winning a Treble in the Bundesliga, DFB Cup and UEFA Champions League. He was named the Bundesliga Rookie of the Seasonand could still claim the Golden Boy 2020 award.
Not every aspiring footballer will reach the great heights of Phonzy, but they should have fun trying – at least according to the man himself.
“Enjoy being out there with your friends, kicking a ball around. You’re blessed with the opportunity to play the beautiful game. Just enjoy every moment you have.”
If a smile is a measure of happiness, Davies loves life. His ear-to-ear smile and pearly whites are almost as famous as the blistering pace that earned him the ‘FC Bayern road runner‘nickname. He’s the fastest man in the Bundesliga, but he might also be the happiest.
Having been born in a Ghanaian refugee camp before gaining asylum in Canada at the age of five, Davies took nothing in life for granted. The only thing he puts before his love of football is his acclaimed left foot.
“My left foot has to go into the shorts first,” he explained when asked about his superstitions and rituals.
“When I put my shirt on, obviously my head, but then my left arm. Basically, my whole left side of the body has to go into the clothes first, or whatever I’m doing, first. That’s my superstition.”
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There’s clearly something to be said for Davies’ faith in good luck. In his 49 competitive appearances for Bayern since joining the club from Vancouver Whitecaps in January 2019, he has won 40, drawing four and losing five.
Davies has registered four goals and nine assists in that spell, and won five trophies – a domestic double in 2019/20, plus last season’s treble. “Fright” is not part of his vocabulary.
“Match day routine: I don’t have one,” he admitted. “I just go out there and do my thing.”