Alphonso Davies has been appointed as the UN Refugee Agency’s Global Goodwill Ambassador – Davies, a Canadian-Liberian, joined the campaign because he came from a similar background – he was part of the Bayern team that won six trophies last season.
Bayern Munich midfielder Alphonso Davies has been named the UN Refugee Agency’s Global Goodwill Ambassador for the first time. The 20-year-old, who can also play defense, was born in a Ghanaian refugee camp and moved to Canada when he was five years old after his parents fled Liberia’s civil war.
Having overcome adversity to become a professional player, the Canadian-Liberian is now able to share his experiences with people who are in similar situations.
The Champions League winner hopes that telling his story will give people in refugee camps around the world fresh hope. ESPNFC quoted he as saying
“My personal story, I think, has the power to make a difference in people’s lives. It motivates me to work harder, because it reminds me of my origins.” Being a refugee is a part of my history, and I am glad to talk about it. It inspires me to be who I am every day, to reach out to others, to convince them there is hope, and to educate others about the situation.”
I just want to be a role model for other immigrants, so that they can look at me and see that there is hope, and that they will see that if we believe in ourselves, we can succeed.”
I am very passionate about raising consciousness and opening people’s eyes to the global situation.
.@AlphonsoDavies is the first footballer to become a Global Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency.
He was born in a refugee camp in Ghana and moved to Canada aged five after his parents fled the civil war in Liberia.
Now he wants to use his story to inspire others ? pic.twitter.com/0jDqYbmEjs
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 24, 2021
In 27 appearances for the Bavarians in all competitions so far this season, Davies has scored once and helped on two other goals.
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