Alphonso Davies has been named Canada Soccer’s player of the Year for the fourth time in five years.
Davies was instrumental in helping the men’s team qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 36 years, and scored the squad’s first-ever goal at soccer’s showcase event in Qatar.
While Canada failed to get a win in Qatar, Davies will remember the mayhem that ensued after his landmark goal.
“When I headed it down and I ran to the corner flag, I looked to my left and I just saw all my teammates running towards me,” Davies said before Canada’s final World Cup game against Morocco.
“Yeah, it was a great feeling. We’ve waited for this moment for a long time and it finally came and we were happy.”
The Edmonton-raised Davies appeared in all three of Canada’s matches in Qatar and was the only player on the CanMNT squad to play every minute of the team’s action. In seven appearances for Canada in 2022, Davies scored three goals.
He also helped Bayern win the 2021-22 Bundesliga and 2022 DFL Supercup in Germany and became the all-time Canadian leader in UEFA Champions League appearances.
Since joining Bayern in 2019 from the Vancouver Whitecaps, Davies has won four Bundesliga titles, a pair of DFB-Pokal crowns, and the 2020 Champions League title.
Davies also won two U17 Player of the Year honours in 2016 and 2017. He is won of six players to have won multiple Player of the Year awards alongside Atiba Hutchinson (six), Dwayne De Rosario (four), Paul Stalteri, Craig Forrest and Alex Bunbury (all three won two each).