The new star of German football tells the former England striker about growing up in a refugee camp, moving to Canada and beating Chelsea
Gary Lineker is talking to Alphonso Davies on Zoom about the Bayern Munich player’s role as a supporter of the UN Refugee Agency’s Covid-19 response when the youngster’s mobile rings. Davies leans forwards to pick it up and stares at it for a moment before turning it off and apologising. “Was that Robert Lewandowski?” Lineker jokes. Davies grins, explaining it was his German teacher, reminding him of their virtual lesson later in the day.
Davies is only 19 years old but one of the most exciting prospects in world football. He joined Bayern from Vancouver Whitecaps in January 2019 in a deal worth £9m, a record for an MLS player at the time. The left-back made six substitute appearances in the second half of the 2018-19 season but has exploded into life this campaign.