Alphonso Davies named Canada’s Player of the Year after scoring a World Cup goal

Bayern Munich and Canadian men’s national team star Alphonso Davies was named Canadian Footballer of the Year for the fourth time in five seasons.

Davies helped the men’s team qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 36 years, scoring the team’s first goal at the football showcase event in Qatar.

The 22-year-old left-back from Edmonton also helped Bayern win the 2021-22 Bundesliga and the 2022 DFL Super Cup in Germany and became the all-time Canadian leader in UEFA Champions League matches.

Davies was the only Canadian offensive player to play every minute at the World Cup, scoring the opening goal 67 seconds into Canada’s match against bronze medal-winning Croatia.

Canada’s goalkeeper Milan Borjan set the game up with a long goal kick that found Cyle Larin on the field.

Larin fired the ball from the right at Tajon Buchanan. Buchanan then sent a cross that found Davies flying through the air, passing Bayern Munich star Croatian goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic and headbutting the ball.

As Canada failed to win in Qatar, Davies will remember the turmoil that followed his landmark goal.

“When I went down and ran to the corner flag, I looked to my left and saw all my teammates running towards me,” Davies said before Canada’s final World Cup game against Morocco. “Yes, it was a great feeling. We’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time and it finally came and we were happy.”

Davies scored three goals in seven international games in 2022, finishing second on the team. He won the Canadian Footballer of the Month awards in April, June and November.

Davies has made 27 appearances for Bayern at club level, helping his club win the 2021-22 Bundesliga title by eight points and lead the 2022-23 season by four points until the December break.

Davies has scored 13 goals in 33 career international games and is the all-time leader of the men’s national team with 16 assists.

The Player of the Year award is shared annually by a women’s national team member and a men’s team member.

Jessie Fleming was named the women’s winner for the second time in a row on Wednesday.

WATCH | Davies talks about his historic World Cup goal:

Football star Alphonso Davies in historic World Cup goal

Striker Alphonso Davies scored the first ever World Cup goal in Canadian men’s history as they lost 4-1 to Croatia on Tuesday.

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