Alphonso Davies donates World Cup proceeds to charity

Canadian soccer star Alphonso Davies says he will donate his World Cup earnings to charity.

“Canada welcomed me and my family and gave us a chance at a better life,” Davies said in a social media post Tuesday. ‘It allowed me to live my dreams. It is a great honor to play for Canada and I want to give back, so I have decided that I will donate the proceeds from this year’s World Cup to charity.”

The 21-year-old Bayern Munich fullback was born in a refugee camp in Ghana after his parents fled the civil war in Liberia. The family came to Canada when Davies was five years old, eventually settling in Edmonton.

How much of Canada’s earnings from the World Cup, which begins Nov. 21 in Qatar, remains to be determined.

Canada Soccer and the men’s national team are continuing compensation negotiations, dissatisfaction over which the players boycotted a planned friendly against Panama in June in Vancouver. They were reportedly requesting an after-tax payout equal to 40 percent of the expected eight-figure payout.

At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, FIFA provided a total of $791 million to the 32 participating teams, 40% more than in the 2014 tournament.

Of that sum, $400 million was paid out in prize money, ranging from $38 million to the winner, $28 million to the runner-up, and $24 million to the third-place team to $8 million each. the eliminated teams. in the group stage.

Each qualified team also received $1.5 million to cover preparation costs, meaning all teams were guaranteed at least $9.5 million each for their participation in the 2018 World Cup.

Qatar marks only Canada’s second trip to the men’s World Cup, following the 1986 tournament in Mexico, where Canada exited after losses to France, Hungary and the Soviet Union.

Davies has quickly become the face of the Canadian team, currently ranked fourth in CONCACAF at 43rd in the world rankings. With an 8-2-4 record, the Canadian men turned heads by topping the final round of World Cup qualifying in the region, which covers North, Central America and the Caribbean.

Davies, who has 12 goals and 15 assists in 32 appearances for Canada, was sidelined earlier this year after developing symptoms of myocarditis, a mild heart condition, following an outbreak of COVID-19. The illness kept him out of Canada’s last six World Cup qualifying matches.

Davies returned to action in early April and was named the 2021 CONCACAF Men’s Player of the Year that same month.

The young Canadian signed a contract extension with Bayern in April 2020 that will keep him with the German powerhouse for another two years until June 2025.

Davies has already won the UEFA Champions League (2020), the German league title (2019, ’20 and ’21), the DFB Cup (2019 and ’20), the DFL Super Cup (2020, ’21 and ’22), the UEFA Super Cup (2020) and the FIFA Club World Cup (2020) with Bayern.

Davies was signed by Bayern from the Vancouver Whitecaps in the summer of 2018 in a $22 million transfer deal, an MLS record at the time. He started training with Bayern that November after the Whitecaps’ season ended.

Davies shared the story of his visit to Canada at the FIFA Congress in Moscow in June 2018 as part of North America’s joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup. Canadian soccer officials credit his powerful presentation for helping to push the candidacy across the finish line.

In March 2021, Davies became a global goodwill ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

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