From Bayern Munich, via TikTok, to the big screen? Alphonso Davies wants to go into acting when he finishes playing soccer. - © imago
From Bayern Munich, via TikTok, to the big screen? Alphonso Davies wants to go into acting when he finishes playing soccer. - © imago
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Bayern Munich's Alphonso Davies: "I want to be an actor eventually"

Bayern Munich teenager Alphonso Davies has revealed that he would like to pursue a career in acting when he hangs up his boots as a soccer player.

Davies enjoys budding superstar status out on the hallowed turf, but has also been putting in some eye-catching performances on video-sharing social networking service, TikTok.

From taking off Bayern teammate Thomas Müller's goal celebration to re-enacting a scene from US police sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the 19-year-old is far from camera shy.

"Football comes first, but I want to be an actor eventually," Davies told former England striker Gary Lineker in a Zoom interview. "I like entertaining people, and TikTok gives me the platform to do so.

"It allows fans to not only see what I do on the field, but also to get to know my personality a bit more. And it passes the time during the corona crisis when we are all staying home."

As well as training under strict guidelines at Bayern and mucking about on TikTok during the COVID-19 pandemic, Davies is also doing his bit to raise funds for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency’s COVID-19 response. It is a cause that is dear to his heart.

The Bayern No.19 was born in Buduburam, a refugee camp in the Gomoa East District of Ghana, where his parents had fled to during the Second Liberian Civil War. The family moved to Windsor, Ontario, when Davies was five, and later settled in Edmonton, Alberta - but it was a further 13 years before he would receive his Canadian citizenship.

In January 2019, following a history-making stint in Major League Soccer with Vancouver Whitecaps, Davies joined Bayern, where he has cemented his status as one of the best young players in world football today.

"I want to use my platform for causes that I care about," Davies explained on the UNHCR website, ahead of an eSports fundraiser against Canada international teammate Asmir Begovic.

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"As a former refugee myself I am very grateful for the help my family received, and the opportunities this opened-up for me and where it has brought me.

"Right now, there are more than 70 million people around the world forced to flee their homes. These are people who – like my family – fled conflict to find safety, and now COVID-19 is putting them at further risk.

"I hope that whilst people are keeping themselves and their own families safe, they can also help support refugees who have lost everything."

Davies also recalled the elation he felt after first being made aware of Bayern's interest in him while he still with the Whitecaps.

"There were rumours in the air that all these different clubs were looking at me but I didn’t know which specific clubs," he remembered. "No one told me anything. And then I got a message: 'Bayern Munich want to meet you.'"

"I was like: 'Oh my god. Really?' It was both exciting and scary. I just had to prove to myself that I could compete at this level."

Davies joined Bayern as a fleet-footed winger, but has been repurposed as an electrifying left-back. - UWE KRAFT via www.imago-images.de/imago images/Uwe Kraft

Mission accomplished. After making 21 first-team appearances as a world-beating left-back between the start of 2019/20 and the COVID-19 hiatus, Davies has been rewarded with a new contract, tying him to the record German champions until 2025.

He believes his previous experiences in life, as a refugee and then moving from Edmonton to Vancouver as a child, helped ease his transition to Germany.

"Those moves definitely prepared me for moving overseas," the 17-time Canada international said. "If I hadn't already made those moves, I'd be very homesick every single day. I'm still homesick, but I can deal with it.

"It's a tough situation right now, but I'm good. I guess we just have to play our part and stay inside."