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Bayern Munich’s latest ‘NFT’ series features rising Canadian soccer star Alphonso Davies, 16, who has signed a contract with the Bundesliga side’s academy.
The young midfielder has been regarded as the next Canadian superstar.
He joins soccer mega-stars Thierry Henry, Eric Cantona and Fabien Barthez as the offspring of famous athletes who have turned their hands to the sport.
“I grew up watching them on TV, so it’s a great feeling being a part of what they have done,” said Davies, who has already played in the Bundesliga, as well as the Champions League.
“Hopefully I can be another part of their soccer legacy.”
Davies, who made his debut for Canada’s senior national team as a 16-year-old in 2016, signed a professional contract with Bayern Munich in May.
On his arrival, he said Bayern was an opportunity he could not turn down.
“I’m still working with the Canadian national team as well and I think they have a great opportunity to grow and make it,” he said.
He plans to play professional soccer after graduating from high school in 2017.
“We have lots of opportunities in Canada, but if I play in Bayern Munich and get opportunities in Europe and be the best Canadian soccer player then why not?” he said.
At 6 foot 2 inches tall and a muscular 190 pounds, Davies has already captained the Canadian men’s under-17 team.
“The skill level and the potential is huge and he’s a great kid too,” said Jason Kreis, the head coach of the Canadian national team’s under-17 squad.
“He’s become a natural leader in our program already. He’s 17 years old and he’s become the captain of our under-17 program. He’s a young player who has an immense amount of potential.”
Born in Edmonton, Canada, Davies was raised and remains the captain of the Edmonton Dynamo, the first-division club in his home province.
His most impressive goal for the Vancouver Whitecaps came against the Dallas Cup All-Stars when he scored with a 37-yard back-heel.
“The most memorable moment for me was scoring against Dallas Cup All-Stars, which was my first ever international goal in a national team game,” he said.