Canada and Bayern Munich DF Alphonso Davies is the winner of the 2021 Concacaf Men’s Player of the Year Award.
The left back enjoyed another top season with club side Bayern Munich, appearing in 23 matches and scoring a goal over the course of the 2020-21 season to lead Bayern to yet another Bundesliga title, his third with the German giants.
For his excellent performances in 2021, Davies has already earned several individual honors, including the IFFHS Men’s World Team for the second straight year, the Canadian Men’s Player of the Year, a place on the Bundesliga Team of the Season and a spot on the VDV Bundesliga Team of the Season.
“The award means a lot to me,” Davies said on receiving the accolade. “I’m happy receiving the award, especially knowing that there are really good players in CONCACAF. The award is not just to me but to the team around me.”
In addition to winning the Bundesliga this past year with Bayern, Davies was part of the squad that took home the DFL Super Cup, defeating rivals Borussia Dortmund 3-1.
There was also a FIFA Club World Cup title for Davies and Bayern in 2021, as the 2020 UEFA Champions League winners defeated 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League winners Tigres of Mexico 1-0 in the FCWC Final.
Davies was also a mainstay of Bayern’s during the group stage of the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League group stage, starting five matches for Bayern, which all ended in victories.
Davies has been just as important at the international level for Canada, helping his nation qualify for their first FIFA World Cup in 36 years.
“We’re happy we could make it,” Davis said after Canada defeating Jamaica. “After 36 years of trying and trying, we finally got that milestone in our pocket.” The 30-time international said looking forward. “I know the whole country, the team, everybody is excited. We’re excited to go.”
During 2021, no player played more matches in all rounds of Concacaf World Cup Qualifying for Qatar 2022 than Davies, who accumulated 976 minutes played.
The former Vancouver Whitecap scored five goals and recorded eight assists in 13 matches in WCQ in 2021, as Canada owned a 9W-4D-0L record in matches in which Davies appeared.
Perhaps the moment that all Canada fans will remember was his highlight-reel goal against Panama last October when he used his breathtaking speed to dispossess a Panama player and slalom past defenders before scoring.
Making history is nothing new for Davies, who became the youngest player to debut for Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team, doing so at age 16 in 2017 against Curacao in an international friendly.
Later that year at the 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup, Davies scored a pair of goals in the 4-2 group stage win over French Guiana, making him the youngest Gold Cup scorer ever. He went on to collect the tournament’s Golden Boot and Best Young Player awards.