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Alphonso Davies Wins Canadian Player of the Year 2020

20-year-old Bayern youngster wins for a second time...

Paris Saint-Germain v Bayern Munich - UEFA Champions League Final
Alphonso Davies with the European Cup. You get the sense that a trophy-laden career is ahead...
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It couldn’t really have been anyone else...

A Canadian winning the treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB Pokal all in the same season could never have been overlooked in a million years when it came to Canada Soccer handing out it annual Player of the Year Awards.

Alphonso Davies is quite simply, at the ripe old age of 20, already the best footballer ever to come out of Canada. Sometimes I wonder if Canada really knows or appreciates just what a global sports star it has on its hands right now and undoubtedly over the next decade, during which time Fonsie’s reputation can only grow.

So his second Canadian Men’s Player of the Award comes as no surprise to anyone. Of course there were other deserved nominees in runner up Jonathan David of Lille OSC, experienced Scott Arfield, TFC’s wide man Richie Laryea and, tied for fifth, both Atiba Hutchinson (Besiktas) and Jonathan Osorio (also Toronto FC), but in 2020, there was no-one to touch the former Whitecaps man who was also named Bundesliga Rookie of the Season.
Davies was also shortlisted as a nominee for the UEFA Team of the Year and Defender of the Year awards.

“To see what Alphonso Davies has accomplished this year is awe inspiring for the next generation of players,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach. “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.

“Alphonso has to be commended for his passion and spirit with which he plays, but also for his ability to connect with people off the field. He is a real ambassador for our sport in Canada and on the global stage.”

Canada Training Session & Press Conference - 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Herdman: “Alphonso has helped put this country on the world football map.”
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