The last few days have been a whirlwind for Alphonso Davies. The young Canadian winger scored a goal in Canada’s 2-0 victory over the United States. That came just after Davies was nominated for the 2019 European Golden Boy.
Phonzie’s nomination is an acknowledgement of his skill, hard work, and potential that he should truly be proud of. Other nominees include the likes of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, Juventus’ Matthijs de Ligt, and Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix. Past winners of the award include Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, and Kylian Mbappé.
The 20-man shortlist for the 2019 Golden Boy has been announced pic.twitter.com/W2AGMWnsCK— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 15, 2019
Even though Davies was honored for his individual achievement and progress, he still had his complete focus on his games for Canada this international break. Against the US, he proved that he belonged on that list when he scored his fifth goal for his country. Davies told the CBC after the game that he had “millions of emotions running through me on that goal.”
This was Canada’s first victory against their neighbors-to-the-south since 1985 and Phonzie’s goal was Canada’s first against the USMNT since 2007. Davies remarked that,
Yeah, we made history tonight but our job is not done. We play them again next month. Our focus is .. (to) repeat what we did tonight in November.
Canada’s coach, John Herdman, spoke about the Bayern Munich teenager saying,
He just needs to be a kid and enjoy it ... Just let Phonzie play his football. We don’t need to put him up in lights.
Apparently Davies rewarded himself for his hard work. Herdman told the press that Davies “just bought a BMX (bike) recently. He’s always wanted one.”
Alphonso Davies is still only 18 and can potentially be nominated for or win this award again next year... or the year after. He has made so much progress since his transfer to Bayern Munich from the Vancouver Whitecaps last January. Canada fans and Bayern fans alike have a lot to look forward to.