Canadian soccer star Alphonso Davies says he’ll donate his World Cup earnings to charity.
“Canada welcomed me and my household and gave us the chance for a greater life,” Davies stated in a social media put up Tuesday. ‘It enabled me to stay my goals. It is an awesome honour to play for Canada and I wish to give again, so I’ve determined that I’ll donate this years World Cup earnings to charity.”
The 21-year-old Bayern Munich fullback was born in a Ghanaian refugee camp after his dad and mom fled the civil battle in Liberia. The household got here to Canada when Davies was 5, finally settling in Edmonton.
Simply how a lot Davies’ take of Canada’s proceeds from the World Cup, which kicks off Nov. 21 in Qatar, will likely be has but to be decided.
Canada welcomed me and my household & gave us the chance for a greater life. it enabled me to stay my goals. It’s an awesome honour to play for Canada and I wish to give again, so I’ve determined that I’ll donate this years World Cup earnings to charity.
Canada Soccer and the boys’s nationwide staff proceed compensation negotiations, dissatisfaction over which precipitated the gamers to boycott a deliberate pleasant in opposition to Panama in June in Vancouver. They reportedly have been asking for an after-tax fee equal to 40 per cent of the anticipated eight-figure payout.
On the 2018 World Cup in Russia, FIFA supplied a complete of $791 million to the 32 taking part groups, up 40 per cent in comparison with the 2014 match.
Of that, $400 million US was paid out as prize cash, starting from $38 million to the winner, $28 million to the runner-up and $24 million to the third-place staff to $8 million to every of the groups eradicated on the group stage.
Every certified staff additionally acquired $1.5 million to cowl preparation prices, that means all groups have been assured a minimum of $9.5 million every for his or her participation within the 2018 World Cup.
Davies has shortly develop into the face of the Canadian staff, presently ranked fourth in CONCACAF at No. 43 on the planet rankings. With a document of 8-2-4, the Canadian males turned heads by topping the ultimate spherical of World Cup qualifying within the area, which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean.
Davies, who has 12 targets and 15 assists in 32 appearances for Canada, was sidelined earlier this yr after growing signs of myocarditis, a gentle coronary heart situation, following a bout of COVID-19. The sickness stored him out of Canada’s remaining six World Cup qualifying matches.
Davies returned to motion in early April and was named CONCACAF males’s participant of the yr in 2021 that very same month.
The younger Canadian signed a contract extension with Bayern in April 2020 that may hold him on the German powerhouse for an additional two years by way of June 2025.
Younger age, illustrious profession
Davies has already received the UEFA Champions League (2020), German league title (2019, ’20 and ’21), DFB Cup (2019 and ’20) DFL Supercup (2020, ’21 and ’22), UEFA Supercup (2020) and FIFA Membership World Cup (2020) with Bayern.
Davies was signed by Bayern from the Vancouver Whitecaps in the summertime of 2018 in a $22-million switch deal, an MLS document on the time. He began to coach with Bayern that November after the tip of the Whitecaps season.
Davies shared his story of coming to Canada on the FIFA Congress in Moscow in June 2018 as a part of the joint North American bid to host the 2026 World Cup. Canadian soccer officers credit score his highly effective presentation for serving to push the bid over the end line.
In March 2021, Davies grew to become a world goodwill ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Company.
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